This Italianate brick row house in Park Slope probably dates from the 1870s based on its showing up on historic maps by 1880. It’s a 20-foot-wide four-story number set up as a double duplex.
The stoop-level entrance has a pair of round-headed double doors recessed behind an arched hood supported by scrolled brackets with typical Italianate foliate details. The window enframements match the hood with arched lintels, and the bracketed cornice is also bedecked with foliate details, scrolls and what looks like an egg and dart border.
Inside, the front and rear parlors of 418 Bergen Street probably have the most coveted features in the house: ornate foliate medallions, two marble mantels with arched openings — of six mantels altogether in the house — pocket doors, and an alcove with bracketed moldings and a closet on either side. There’s also a small deck off the rear.
But the front room on the floor above may come in second place, with its moldings, medallion, mantel and, especially, its library in an alcove framed by a bracketed arch.
The garden-level kitchen has been updated, apparently sometime in the last decade, and neither the other kitchen nor any of the bathrooms are shown. While the condition and work needed, if any, is unknown, the house could easily be used as a triplex over a garden-level rental without alterations. Going by the photos alone, it’s possible the home needs little more than a lick of fresh paint in a few rooms.
A tax photo from 1940 shows the facade pretty much as it is today. Somewhere along the way, the stoop and ironwork were replaced with concrete, and the whole shebang painted white, including the brownstone course on the first floor.
Take a look for yourself at the open house on Sunday, February 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., with agent James Kerby of Douglas Elliman. At $2,995,000, it’s not exactly a steal, but considering the sums fetched by more done-up homes, do you think it will get the asking price?
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