House of the Day: 65 Macon Street


If the price for one of Bed Stuy’s most elaborate Renaissance Revival houses seems low, that’s probably because it comes with two rent stabilized tenants. We don’t know who the architect of 65 Macon Street is, but wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear it’s Axel Hedman.

The exterior has two cartouches and carved relief work over the door. There aren’t many photos of the inside, but they and the listing description indicate the house is dripping with luxurious original details, including an elaborate entry and staircase with fretwork, screens, pier mirrors, mantels, shutters and decorative plasterwork, as well as a particularly fancy example of the built-in hardwood cabinets one typically finds in the rear parlor of these Renaissance Revival homes.

It’s on a Gold Coast block, between Nostrand and Marcy, in the proposed Bedford Historic District. The listing doesn’t indicate the condition of the mechanicals. The agent is an occasional Brownstoner commenter, by the way. Considering the two tenants, both on the third floor, do you think the ask of $1,290,000 is reasonable?

65 Macon Street [Housebywe LLC] GMAP

Update: The house was built in 1893 and the architect is Isaac D. Reynolds & Son, according to Morgan Munsey.

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