Spring House Tour Season Promises a Peek Into Some Fabulous Brooklyn Interiors

Photo by Susan De Vries


The arrival of spring brings the annual Park Slope House Tour and a chance to feast your eyes on some of the neighborhood’s architectural treasures.

Organized by the Park Slope Civic Council, the tour raises funds for the council’s grant program, which provides money to community projects in the arts, education and civic improvement. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the event.

They haven’t divulged all the details of the houses that will make up this years tour, but so far a few have been highlighted on the council’s website. Among them are a Renaissance Revival house ornamented with an extensive art collection and a Neo-Grec house with a Certified Wildlife Habitat in the rear garden.

The self-guided tour runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 and starts at Poly Prep Lower School, at 50 Prospect Park West, where ticket holders can pick up shoe covers and an illustrated brochure to guide them along the route.

Tickets are already available online for $25 and can be purchased here. Beginning May 1 tickets will also be available at select local merchants.

In addition to getting inside houses, ticket holders will also be able to attend a post-tour lecture by historian Francis Morrone at 6 p.m. at the Berkeley Carroll School.

Park Slope won’t be the only neighborhood showing off its architecture this spring. The Lefferts Manor Association will celebrate its 1919 founding at their annual Prospect Lefferts Garden House and Garden tour on Sunday, June 2. To mark the 100-year anniversary, this year’s tour, which normally spans the neighborhood, will strictly focus on houses within Lefferts Manor. The full details of the tour will be available soon.

The Crown Heights North Association, which normally holds its house tour in the fall, will be doing something different this year. Instead of a full house tour they will be holding a smaller walking tour with a peek inside two houses this spring. The date and details have not yet been announced.

If you were hoping to get inside some Boerum Hill homes you will have to wait until 2020. The Boerum Hill Association holds its tours in even numbered years.

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