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.
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:
- 673-697 Vanderbilt Avenue, an 1895 Renaissance Revival row house
- 577 Vanderbilt Avenue, an 1877 Neo-Grec tenement
- 394-416 Park Place, an 1894 Romanesque and Renaissance Revival home
- 220 Park Place, an 1884 Neo-Grec with Queen Anne ornamentation
- 321 Sterling Place, an 1897 Queen Anne
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