Building of the Day: 188-190 Sullivan Place

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Address: 188-190 Sullivan Place, between Bedford and Rogers
Name: Private Houses
Neighborhood: Crown Heights South
Year Built: between 1925-1940
Architectural Style: Four-Square(ish)
Architects: Unknown
Landmarked: No

Crown Heights South is very different than Crown Heights North, architecturally, for one big reason the passage of time. Much of CHS was built well into the 20th century, when life was very different than it was in the late 1800’s, when CHN was built.

This relatively unknown street is a good example. The homes were built during the first half of the century in a very suburban configuration of semi-detached one family homes, all with garages behind them, as seen in the Property Shark map.

Crown Heights South Brooklyn -- 188 Sullivan Place HistoryMap via Property Shark

While this style of home is well known in other parts of Brooklyn, they are still rare enough in Brownstone Brooklyn to be a curiosity.

Crown Heights South Brooklyn -- 188 Sullivan Place History

All of the homes on this block are well cared for, most are still generous one family homes, and the neighborhood has an interesting retro vibe to it, only a block behind busy Empire Blvd, near PLG, and Prospect Park. Back in the good old days, this block was within hailing distance of Ebbetts Field, and the sounds of the ballpark could probably be heard from these yards.

Crown Heights South Brooklyn -- 188 Sullivan Place History Crown Heights South Brooklyn -- 188 Sullivan Place History

[Photos by Suzanne Spellen]

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