From the stately Park Slope former townhouse of reformist 1910s Mayor William Gaynor with imposing woodwork to a more humble bow-fronted row house in Bay Ridge with details and potential, these open houses peek into a gamut of Brooklyn house styles and range in price from $1.35 million for the latter to $3.5 million for the former.
As Bed Stuy brownstones go, this circa 1890 one with a painted facade of rough-faced bands and lintels and a pronounced cornice with long corbels and incised panels is one of the finest we’ve come across in recent memory. 608 MacDonough Street has most of its original details intact, and they’re pretty high end and in top condition.
A would-be carriage house in Carroll Gardens may be one of the more unusual rentals in the borough, comprising a studio apartment sitting on top of a garage and cellar. But its advantages may outweigh its oddity–or the oddity may be the attraction, along with the parking spot, Juliet balcony, small terrace, and cellar storage.
As you might guess, the amount and quality of original woodwork in this landmarked brownstone was “the driver of the design,” said Ben Herzog of South Slope-based Ben Herzog Architect (BHA), which carried out a major renovation, if not quite a gut, for a family of five.
A notable early 20th century building with whimsical and colorful terra-cotta in Downtown Brooklyn is not long for this world, despite attempts to landmark it, and architect Fogarty Finger has released renderings of the glass tower that will take its place.
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