This 1903 French Renaissance-style row house is verily besotted with carpentry. It’s got a coffered ceiling in the dining room, built-in glass cabinets, garlanded window casings with stained glass transoms, a built-in breakfast nook, decorative baseboard moldings and paneling, and even a wooden sauna inserted in the master bathroom.
From the floor plan, it looks like it has no fewer than six fireplaces of which the listing mentions three are working. It claims they are marble, but the ones pictured are wooden with mirrored overmantels — although one of them appears to have an onyx surround.
594 2nd Street is part of a lengthy row of 26 houses in the Park Slope Historic District designed by Benjamin Driesler, the prolific turn-of-the-century Brooklyn architect who claimed to have designed more than 4,000 buildings while still only halfway through his illustrious career. These ones all have high brownstone basements and L-shaped stoops with upper stories varying between brick, brownstone and limestone throughout the row. 594 is limestone.
It’s a block from Prospect Park with five bedrooms, 3.5 baths, modern stainless steel appliances, a brick garden, and terraces on the second and third floors. Although its 1964 certificate of occupancy was for two families, it was converted into a single family in 1990, and has one kitchen.
The latter is in an extension and features green stone counters and a built-in table and chairs whose handcrafted feel and whimsical cone-shaped legs are echoed in a vanity and shelving in bathrooms elsewhere in the house.
We featured the house a couple of years ago when it was up for rent. Now it’s on the block, asking $4.5 million, with Jeff Reyngach of Lg Fairmont handling the listing. Worth it?
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