Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Striking Clinton Hill Interior, History of the Bathroom

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    Striking Art and Playful Inventiveness Create Comfortable Clinton Hill Home

    A designer’s home is both her calling card and her workshop, but the most important thing, at least to Delia Kenza Brennen, is that it feel like home — a place where she, her husband, and their two daughters can be comfortable. This was especially important at their Clinton Hill townhouse, a property that has been in her family going back several generations.

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    Clinton Hill Italianate With Restored Plaster, Marble Mantels, Central Air Asks $4.25 Million

    Brimming with lush plasterwork, this Clinton Hill brownstone has had a top to bottom renovation that included modern upgrades and restoration of original 1870s details. Situated at 141 St. James Place, the Italianate row house is located within the Clinton Hill Historic District.

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    Detail-Filled Flatbush Colonial Revival With Wraparound Porch, Garage Asks $1.795 Million

    Packed with stunning early 20th century detail, this single-family Flatbush home offers plenty of room to spread out, a deep front porch for observing the neighborhood, and guaranteed parking with a driveway and two-car garage. Located in the Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park Historic District, the freestanding house at 701 East 17th Street was originally part of the Midwood Park development.

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    Landmarks Will Consider Preserving Historic Abolitionist House in Downtown Brooklyn

    In the latest twist in the long saga of the former home of abolitionists on Duffield Street, the LPC moved to calendar the structure at a meeting this week. The Harriet and Thomas Truesdell House at 227 Duffield Street was unanimously approved for designation consideration as an individual landmark, a move that could save it from demolition.

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    1940s bathroom. Illustration via American Standard Plumbing Fixtures Catalogue

    From Pakistan to Brooklyn: A Quick History of the Bathroom

    Topped only by the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important, and therefore most installed or renovated rooms in any house or apartment. Twenty-first-century Americans LOVE their bathrooms. We love them so much, we want to have lots of them. Full baths, half baths, powder rooms, en suite baths, master baths, steam rooms and saunas.

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