This striking turn-of-the-last-century townhouse built by one of Brooklyn’s “lady developers” has an unusual graphic facade and a sparkling new kitchen and other updates that highlight its original features. Located at 856 St. Johns Place in the Crown Heights North Historic District II, it belongs to an eclectic row of six that mixes Renaissance Revival and Romanesque details.
Outsize keystones with a leafy design dominate its limestone and pale brick facade. The other major element is a Palladian window, a fetish of classically trained architects. The townhouse was built circa 1898-99 by developer Carrie Hine and designed by her husband, architect Frederick L. Hine, as were two others with the same features on Lincoln Place, directly behind this one.
The renovated interior is similarly streamlined yet classical. On the parlor level, white paint shows off rounded windows and panelling. With most of the woodwork painted over in white, a grand pier mirror stands out all the more starkly for being left a tawny stained wood. The new wide-plank floors have a similarly neutral light brown color, as does the dentilled door surround separating the parlors and the bannisters on the center staircase, while a mantel with neo-Classical columns is also painted over in white.
The garden-level kitchen is equally made over in an impeccable contemporary manner, the walls above the tan cabinets and butcher block counters all tiled in pale green subway tiles, the floor covered in slate or slate-colored tile. The dining room has a mantel and, in the photo, a built-in window seat.
The upstairs bathroom likewise fuses the old and new with a clawfoot tub, two-faucet trough sink, and charcoal mosaic floor tiles. There are two bedrooms upstairs, one with a mantel and both with big closets, and a flexible middle room. The garden, entered through the kitchen, is bigger than the building.
A single-family, the house was built for William R. Pearce of the Anglo-American Savings and Loan Association, according to the designation report.
Peter Gordenstein and Danielle Nazinitsky of Corcoran are handling the listing, which is asking $1.995 million. How does the price match up with other renovated ones in the neighborhood?
[Photos by Russ Ross, courtesy of The Corcoran Group]
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