National Register of Historic Places Adds More Than 600 Prospect Heights Properties

A recently designated Prospect Heights home at 394-416 Park Place. Photo by Suzanne Spellen


The official count of historic buildings in Prospect Heights just tripled, with more than 600 homes and other structures added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The increase was prompted by the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), which applied for the expanded designation last spring. Homeowners with the designation are now eligible to apply for federal and state tax credits to help with restoration costs, according to DNAinfo.

“This action by the National Park Service is a reminder that, in the face of tremendous development pressure, Brooklyn’s historic neighborhoods remain a national treasure whose preservation is essential to the borough’s future,” PHNDC chair Gib Veconi said of the new designations.

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673-697 Vanderbilt Avenue. Photo by Suzanne Spellen

The freshly official 612 historic properties compose a new district in Prospect Heights that expands dramatically on the 305 buildings previously designated in the neighborhood. This brings the area’s total designation count to 917 buildings, a large portion of which consist of 19th-century apartment buildings and row houses.

The boundaries (PDF) of the new expansion extend along Flatbush Avenue all the way over to Washington Avenue and north to Pacific Street.

Within these new borders are many of the buildings Brownstoner’s resident historian Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) has profiled over the years. A few highlights:

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Map via PHNDC

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Sterling Place. Photo by Christoper Brazee for the LPC

[h/t: DNA]

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