Here’s an unusual and striking house with high-Victorian curb appeal. At 334 Clinton Street in Cobble Hill, it’s a mid-19th century Greek Revival built as a twin to No. 336 next door.
You’d be hard pressed to figure that out by looking at it though. The house was altered in 1888 with a tower, front bay and mansard roof for, and very likely by, James Naughton, the Superintendent of Buildings for the Board of Education and architect of Boys High School in Bed Stuy.
Inside, the home is elegant, spacious and in prime shape, with original details that include marble mantels, elaborate crown moldings, pocket doors, woodwork and original wood floors.
The unusual interior blends decorative elements from a variety of 19th century styles. The double parlors appear largely unaltered, with black marble mantels and Classical columns typical of the Greek Revival period. Italianate and Queen Anne influences can be spied in the white marble mantels, plasterwork, bay windows, and casings located elsewhere in the home.
A four-story, it’s laid out as a single family with four large bedrooms and an additional half-bedroom on the upper floors. The parlor floor has a bay-windowed living room, a dining room and a kitchen.
The latter is located in what may have once been a “tea porch” running along the back of the house. The kitchen incorporates a fireplace, a sitting area and a rear bay, with French doors that open onto a staircase leading to the backyard. The garden isn’t pictured but is said to be “fully landscaped.”
The garden level, most of which is below grade and contains the mechanicals, has a full bath and a kitchen. A study takes up what would have originally been the kitchen and contains an old wood or coal burning range.
Listed by Jill Seligson Braver of Brown Harris Stevens, the house, a onetime Building of the Day, is asking $4.95 million. How do you like it?
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