A rare and historic wood frame that hasn’t been on the market in decades, this Brooklyn Heights row house is much older than it might appear at first glance. Apparently in tip-top shape, it offers interior style from across the decades in a comfortable 25-foot-wide package. It’s set within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and is just a short jaunt away from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
The LPC map dates 141 Henry Street, one of a row of wood frames, to 1828. Like many early houses in the neighborhood, it has had some additions over the years, like the bracketed cornice atop a full third story. The clapboard house also has a bracketed and columned portico and looks much like it did in the circa 1940 tax photo.
The now single-family house was a boarding house in the late 19th century and survived an arson attempt in 1932 that put it at the center of an arson-for-hire case. It’s been home to the same family since the late 1950s and the interior shows some 19th and 20th century style touches.
It’s set up with living room, dining room and kitchen on the parlor level and five bedrooms and a home office on the two floors above. The garden level has laundry, a wine cellar and rec room.
The entrance hall boasts a keystoned arch, wainscoting, door moldings, an original stair and walls decked in a bold black and taupe medallion print. The front parlor sports tall windows, wood floors and an early 19th century mantel with wood burning fireplace. The black marble mantel in the adjoining dining room got a style update with some 20th century floral tiles.
The open kitchen at the rear has some late modernist stripped-back high style with white walls, terra cotta tile floors, heavily grained slab-front cabinets and “cinematic retro appliances” in the words of the listing.
There are more mantels upstairs, including in a large second floor street-facing room set up as a family room but usable as a bedroom. It’s got built-in bookshelves, wainscoting and a columned wood mantel. There are two full baths on each of the upper floors, including one with a 20th century update with gray and white wall tile and black-and-white floral wallpaper.
The landscaped rear garden includes a raised brick-paved patio and planting beds around the perimeter.
The property is listed for $5.4 million with Kim Soule and Lucy Perry of Compass. Think it will go fast?
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