When you have a wide-open brief from adventurous clients, creative architects at the top of their game, no serious budget constraints and, by the way, fine taste, here is the result: the complete transformation of an 1850s brick townhouse in Cobble Hill from four apartments to a grandly proportioned, comfortable family home.
They may not be on your fashion must-have list for this season, but if you wanted a practical pair of pants in the 1890s you may have snapped up a pair of Dutchess trousers. Made for men only, of course.
Four open houses this weekend feature juicy original details dating from America’s first Gilded Age — the western territory occupied, the Civil War ended, and the railroad tracks of the robber barons having laid out the pathway for massive industrial expansion.
This stunning, exquisitely restored townhouse in Bed Stuy was designed in 1891 by architects Isaac D. Reynolds & Sons, among the noteworthy architects of that era in Brooklyn.
This week, a look back at four of our featured listings from six months ago centers on homes in Bay Ridge, Windsor Terrace, Crown Heights and Beverly Square West. How did they fare?
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