At their meeting next Tuesday, September 22, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing for the proposed East 25th Street Historic District in Flatbush.
The proposed district, on East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D, contains a “remarkably cohesive group” of 56 Renaissance Revival row houses, according to the LPC, built between 1909 and 1912 by the Henry Meyer Building Company. They were built as single-family homes.
“This block really does stand out in this neighborhood for its consistency but also its integrity,” said LPC Chair Sarah Carroll at a meeting on August 11. “The level of care and stewardship that has happened on this street has really been remarkable for the buildings.”
Commissioner John Gustafsson, in the same meeting, asked, “How could it have taken this long for us to pick out this block?”
“In addition to preserving our neighborhood’s architectural history and character, a landmark designation would allow us to tell our story to future generations and lessen the socioeconomic burdens on our community,” said Dr. Carol Reneau, current co-president of the 300 East 25th Street Block Association, in an e-mail. “When a community continuously becomes denser and loses sunlight, there are also health implications for its residents. The proposed East 25th Street Historic District would therefore like to achieve landmark status and hopefully, keep our link to the past in the present.”
No stranger to recognition, the block has been awarded the Greenest Block in Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden four separate times.
It was also highlighted by the Historic Districts Council’s annual “Six to Celebrate” campaign earlier this year.
Following the public hearing, the LPC will vote on the designation at a later date.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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