A looker inside and out, this Renaissance Revival limestone has numerous well-preserved details as well as fairly prosaic but serviceable bathrooms and kitchens. It’s located at 1088 Prospect Park Place in the Crown Heights North III Historic District, and was designed by Axel Hedman and built circa 1900.
A three-story two-family measuring 20 by 50 feet, it’s configured as a rental over a duplex. The current configuration may well be the original one, in fact; the layout of the bathrooms and closets suggests it was built as a two-family.
Outside, it is bow-fronted, with carved garlands and swags, and a rusticated brownstone base. The house still has its original front door and a metal cornice with dentil molding and paneling.
Inside, original details include lots of lovely dark woodwork, five-paneled doors, plaster ornamentation and inlaid parquet floors.
The parlor-level entry has wainscoting, a fretwork screen, and a built-in mirror with a shelf. Inside the owner’s duplex on this level is a double parlor in the front and two bedrooms in the rear.
The front parlor has a bay window, pier mirror and fretwork screen. It also has an unusual amount of exposed plumbing for the radiators under the bay window — perhaps a vestige of another now-gone radiator.
The larger of the two rear bedrooms has a fireplace with original wood mantel. (The mantel’s feet are unfortunately encased in brick, but this is easily reversed.)
As is typical of original two-families from this era, there are no lack of closets, including five just on this floor. Any number of parlors and dining rooms could be pressed into service as additional bedrooms.
The original dining room, located in the front of the garden level, has wainscoting, a built-in corner dish cupboard, and some decorative plaster details on the ceiling. The kitchen is in the traditional location in the rear of the garden level.
A windowless space in the middle — where the pantries and pass-through would have been located — has a new closet with sliding doors and no original details. This level also has a full bath and a mudroom in an extension.
Upstairs is a floor-through apartment, not pictured, with two mantels fore and aft. There are five rooms altogether, with at least two bedrooms. There are five closets on this level.
The finished basement — access is from the lower duplex — has white-painted arched brick supports and a paneled drop ceiling with fluorescent lighting, as well as a built-in seat in a niche.
The yard is paved in brick-like tile, with a short brick wall in the rear. There are shallow planting beds and chain-link fence around three sides.
The listing asserts the street appears in the film “The Wiz,” a claim we could not verify, though Diana Ross’s character Dorothy says her home address is 433 Prospect Place.
The home is 5.5 blocks away from the Kingston Avenue 2, 3, 4 station and is located on a Superblock — a stretch renovated in 1969 by I.M. Pei, M. Paul Friedberg and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen has written both about the Superblocks in general and the Prospect Place project in particular.
You can see it in person at an open house this Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. or Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m.
Listed by Marjorie Thompson of Washington Realty Corp., the house is asking $1.795 with a yearly tax bill of $3,980. Worth it?
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