An Artist Reveals a Brownstone Time Capsule With an Extravaganza of Detail in Prospect Heights


It is a brownstoner’s dream — an almost untouched 1870s townhouse brimming with original hardware, mantels, woodwork and even the original kitchen stove. One new homeowner, artist Cara Silverman, found such a treasure in Prospect Heights and invited Brownstoner to take a look before renovations begin.

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For Silverman, the house spoke to her immediately; as she told Brownstoner, “It was the first house I looked at, and although I did see other houses, I knew this was the one for me.” Drawn to the sheer amount of intact detail, Silverman plans to keep the historic fabric while doing necessary restoration work and updating the house for modern living.

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The previous owners lived in the Italianate home for more than 40 years. They were true early brownstone enthusiasts and artists also, so while they did some modernizing and added artistic touches, they largely left the original fabric intact. They themselves had purchased the house from an elderly man who had lived there for decades.

Flip through the slides for a tour of three floors of this tantalizing time capsule.

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