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Ditmas Park

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Thomas H. Brush house, then Temple Beth Ohr, then Redeption Gospel Outreach, now doctors’ offices
Address: 1010 Ocean Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Newkirk Avenue
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: George Palliser
Other Buildings by Architect: Many houses in the Barnum/Palliser Historic District in Bridgeport, CT, as well as other buildings in historic districts in Bridgeport, Westport and Waterbury, CT. Also houses in Main, Indiana, Vermont and Utah.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Ditmas Park HD (1981)

The story: Connecticut architects George and Charles Palliser were busy men during the latter half of the 19th century. In 1976, George had published an architectural style book called “Model Homes for the People.” In it he illustrated plans and patterns for housing. He boasted that the 25 page book was sent to every state and territory in the Union, and even in the provinces. A year later, he and his brother Charles formed their company, Palliser, Palliser & Co. and set out to write and publish many more books of model houses and architectural how-to’s. Between 1876 and 1900, they published at least ten, including on all-purpose guide for towns and cities called “Palliser’s Court Houses, Village, Town and City Halls, Jails and Plans of Other Public Buildings,” which was published in 1889.

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Dixon is selling one of its Brooklyn homes and has started leasing another batch of rentals, including properties in prime areas of Brooklyn such as Park Slope.

The sale is unexpected, its first in Brooklyn although not the greater New York area. Dixon’s strategy has always been to buy and rent out its properties, not flip them, holding them for at least five years, because of a U.S.-Australia trade agreement. Dixon purchased 777 Rugby Road, a standalone Victorian in Ditmas Park that had been on and off the market for years, pictured above, from its longtime owner for $1,055,000 in May of 2013.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free standing bungalow
Address: 494 East 16th Street
Cross Streets: Corner Ditmas Avenue
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park
Year Built: 1908
Architectural Style: Bungalow, with Japanese influence
Architect: Arlington D. Isham
Other work by architect: Many other houses in Ditmas Park, including most of the houses on this block
Landmarked: Yes, part of Ditmas Park HD (1981)

The story: When we generally think of bungalow houses, we think of the suburbs of Chicago, other parts of the Midwest, or the West Coast. We don’t generally think of Brooklyn. But as should be expected, when it comes to various kinds of housing stock, chances are Brooklyn’s got at least one of them, and this case, thirteen of them, along this street alone. And they are all really nice.

Henry Grattan was the developer of this row. He was a developer and builder, and on occasion, acted as his own architect. He bought this long plot of land from Louis H. Pounds, who with his partner Delbert Decker, had purchased all of the land making up Ditmas Park from the Van Ditmarsen family. Pounds took his development cues from nearby Prospect Park South, and had the land graded, with utility lines and streets laid out in advance. He broke the tracts up into generous plots that allowed for gracious lawns and large suburban style houses, many with garages.

The houses on 16th between Dorchester and Ditmas are not as large as others in the neighborhood, and are packed in pretty closely, but far enough apart to allow for a driveway in most cases, and room to landscape in an attractive manner. All of which serve this corner house well. The architect of the bungalows was Arlington D. Isham, a local Flatbush architect. He designed these bungalows at a time when the style was just beginning to take off in popularity, and was his take on a style vaguely inspired by Colonial British housing in India.

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This Carol H. Pratt-designed 1910 house at 147 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park is up for rent, and it looks stellar if you have the dough. For $7,950 a month, you can have seven bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with an enclosed porch, a sunroom, and lots of unusual, architect-designed touches. There are elaborate coffered and painted ceilings, a unique staircase, built-ins, mantels, stained glass, and on and on.

Check out the oval dining room with the metallic-painted molded plaster ceiling and leaded glass built-ins, and the parlor with the painted coffered ceiling, pocket doors, a wood burning fireplace and built-in bookcases. And the kitchen looks nicely renovated with its double oven and cherry floors. The house sold last September for $2,200,000, or roughly $529 per square foot, as one commenter pointed out.

What do you think of it?

147 Rugby Road [Corcoran] GMAP

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A large but low-slung commercial building at the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford Roads in Ditmas Park has sold for $2,000,000, Ditmas Park Corner reported. Massey Knakal handled the sale of 1029-1035 Cortelyou Road and told the blog there were over 20 cash offers on the property. The 3,578 square foot property sits on a 60-foot-by-71-foot lot and sold above asking price at $559 per square foot.

Currently used as storage (and antique store on Saturdays only), the building could be used for retail or developed up to 8,416 square feet, according to the Massey Knakal listing. Considering the location, a mixed-use residential development seems likely. GMAP

Building on Corner of Stratford and Cortelyou Sells for $2 Million [Ditmas Park Corner]
1029-1035 Cortelyou Road [Massey Knakal]
Photo by lwitler via Ditmas Park Corner

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The building at 1008 Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park originally opened as a family-owned restaurant in 1927. Players for the Brooklyn Dodgers were known to stop in on their way to nearby Ebbets Field. The address has since lived through countless incarnations — lastly as a Mexican bakery — and now it has become Bar Chord, a neighborhood watering hole and music venue created by Christy and Jonny Sheehan.

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If you’re a sucker for prewar details, you’ll want to take a close look at this new listing at 385 East 18th Street in Ditmas Park. In addition to original hardwood floors it’s got those cute arched doorways and bookshelf nooks going on. The apartment’s currently configured as a two-bedroom (and looks perfectly functional as such) but we think it would be fun to open up the baby’s room to the living room and create a nice bachelor pad.

385 East 18th Street, #3B [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church, on East 18th Street and Dorchester Road, has rebuilt its sanctuary after part of the church’s ceiling caved in. The ceiling collapsed in April of 2012 — you can see a picture of the damage here. Since then the congregation has restored the sanctuary and plans to celebrate the restoration on Sunday, September 8th. Here’s a shot of the ceiling after it was fixed; Preserv Inc. was in charge of the restoration project. The landmarked building is more than 100 years old and considered the finest Colonial Revival church in the entire city. You can read about the building’s history in this BOTD post.

Photo by wallyg