Where Romanesque Revival Meets Queen Anne

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We’ve had a crush on this trio of houses on St. James Place between Gates and Fulton ever since we moved to the neighborhood. They were designed by architect William Tubby, who also built the Pratt Mansion at 241 Clinton Avenue and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture among others. In the Clinton Hill Historic District Designation Report, LPC notes that the Flemish gables of the central house and the stepped gables of the party walls at the sides are Queen Anne all the way but that the round arches and stone transom bars of the third-floor windows are pure Romanesque. The report also makes note of the symbol on the gable of the middle house, calling it a “blind oeil-de-boeuf.” Hopefully someone with far more architectural knowledge than ourselves can shed a little light on its significance. GMAP

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