With Swags and a Window Seat, Dahlander-Designed Bed Stuy Brownstone Asks $2.36 Million

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Located on a landmarked block known for elaborate townhouses, this Stuyvesant Heights brownstone was designed in 1894 by noted 19th century architect Magnus Dahlander in the Romanesque and Renaissance Revival styles. The eye-catching exterior of 260 Decatur Street has an unusual oriel window and a mix of stripes and swag details.

Inside, the house has an abundance of built-ins, wedding-cake plaster details, stained glass and elaborate woodwork. The four-story, three-family row house is set up as a two one-bedroom apartments over a two-bedroom garden and parlor floor duplex.

The stair hall on the parlor floor is a looker, with an arched screen with stained glass, wainscoting, a built-in bench and mirror. When it was a House of the Day in 2013, photos showed what seemed to be an original painted ceiling.

Set up as a living room and bedroom, the triple parlor has a pier mirror, fretwork screen, fireplace and built-in bookcases. A powder room is tucked away behind a closet door in the rear parlor. The woodwork, most of it painted white, is embellished with pilasters and charming swag details.


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Downstairs, the original dining room — which could also be used as a second bedroom — has a built-in dish cupboard, wainscoting and a mantel.

In the rear kitchen, an island attached to the chimney breast has a sink and dishwasher, and there is plenty of room for a dining table.

A full bathroom is located in the rear extension. It has a wall of mosaic tile, a claw-foot tub with shower extension and a pedestal sink.

Upstairs, the two floor-through apartments have four mantels between them, for a total of six in the house, and an abundance of woodwork. One of the units has a built-in window seat in the living room.

The partially intact passthroughs have coffered ceilings, wainscoting and built-in cupboards. An upstairs kitchen looks neat and functional with a granite counter and white cupboards. The listing does not mention central air, but says the building’s mechanicals “have been upgraded over the years.”

One of a row of 25 houses with distinctive ironwork with suns and zig-zags, 260 Decatur Street last sold in 2014 for $1.95 million. Listed by Morgan Munsey and Perri DeFino of Compass, it is asking $2.36 million.

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Editor’s note: The house is in contract.

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