With multiple marble mantels, wainscoting and a pier mirror, this 1870s Neo-Grec has some appealing period details while also presenting the opportunity for injecting some modern style. In Bed Stuy, the two-story house is located within the historic district at 410 Macon Street.
The house is one of a row of three built and designed by Charles Isbill on behalf of owner E.V. Isbill, according to the designation report. Census records show that E.V. Isbill is in fact likely Emma V. Isbill, spouse of Charles. Businessmen of the 19th century frequently put assets in their wives’ names so it isn’t unusual to find a woman’s name listed as a builder, and Brownstoner’s Suzanne Spellen uncovered some women who were active partners in the family business or developers in their own right. The extent to which Emma was involved is not completely clear — her name, always with initials, seems to be included in advertisements and building notices just in the 1870s. This includes a December 1879 notice that permits had been issued for the construction of the three houses on Macon Street.
While one of its neighbors gained an extra story, No. 410 retains many of its original exterior features, including a high stoop with railings, a rusticated basement, a pedimented door surround and a bracketed wooden cornice.
Brownstoner last featured the 20-foot-wide house in 2013 and while it looks like some details are the same, like the exposed brick on the parlor level, according to the listing the kitchens in both units have been renovated. Alas, there aren’t any photos of either kitchen to provide a look at the remodel.
The lower unit has living and kitchen in the garden level and bedrooms above. A metal clad extension off the kitchen has a sun room that could serve as a home office or gym, according to the listing. Above is a terrace, the photos show.
The bedrooms have the original parlor details of a pier mirror, marble mantels, shutters and stair with newel post. The glass of the stripped vestibule doors is ornamented with praying hands, perhaps a nod to an 1890s resident, Reverend Andrew F. Underhill.
In the upstairs unit, there’s fretwork and a columned screen and two more mantels. Both units have two full bathrooms each and the ones shown have white fixtures — one with a claw foot tub and the other with a walk in shower.
There’s a paved patio out back with room for dining. The house has a new roof along with electrical and mechanicals, according to the listing.
It last sold for $1.4 million back in 2014. Now it’s on the market for $2.35 million and listed with Ban Leow, Howard Ramlal and George Fesser of Halstead/Brown Harris Stevens. What are your thoughts?
- Find Your Dream Home in Brooklyn and Beyond With the New Brownstoner Real Estate
- Brooklyn Heights Greek Revival With Wood Burning Fireplaces, Marble Mantels Asks $8.45 Million
- Flatbush Estate-Condition Limestone With Built-ins, Mantel on Greenest Block Asks $1.1 Million