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Address: 79-81 Decatur Street, between Throop and Marcus Garvey
Name: Clermont Apartments
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights
Year Built: 1900
Architectural Style: French Gothic Revival
Architect: Montrose Morris
Why chosen: This fanciful French chateau was built for Stuyvesant Heights’ growing middle class population, at a time when apartment living was becoming popular. Made of brick, limestone and pressed metal trim, the Clermont is Morris’ second and better attempt at French Gothic.
A darker, but similar apartment building by him stands on Clinton Avenue, between Fulton and Atlantic Avenues. The building has a strong street presence greatly enhanced by a 2003 restoration by Danois Architects, PC, and is now an 8 unit co-op building.
[Photos by Suzanne Spellen]