Here’s a Civil War era Italianate in Boerum Hill, with a listing that leaves a fair amount to the imagination, but indicates a fair amount of intact original detail. A one-family, three-story house brick house built circa 1865, it’s at 174 Dean Street, on a nice block in the Boerum Hill Historic District.
Apparently it’s been under the ownership of only two families during its century and a half of existence — the current owner bought it from the family of the original builder, according to the listing anyway.
The listing promises better photos to come; in the meantime we have what look like a smattering of iPhone snaps. They show ornate crown moldings and ceiling detailing, wide plank floors, extra tall parlor floor windows, pocket doors, the original newel post and banister, and a pair of mirrored mantels.
The “mammoth original wood cook stove” remains on the garden floor — it’d be nice to get a glimpse of that, but it’s not pictured. There’s a small renovated kitchen shown, with a black granite countertop and the refrigerator delegated to an adjoining hallway.
Also not pictured: the “arboretum” that adjoins the garden, the 10-by-8-foot backyard “guest house” noted on the floor plan, the English garden, the “very cool wet room bath” on the garden floor, the excavated, brick-arched cellar that’s serving as a sculptor’s studio, or any of the bedrooms.
So, like we said, a good deal is left to the imagination. But all that’s pictured looks to be in good shape.
Listed by James Kerby of Douglas Elliman, the house is asking $4.5 million. Which could be called an ambitious sum, going by square footage; on the other hand, it’s a house with a pedigree. Think the price is in the ballpark?
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