This rather grand Renaissance Revival row house at 569 4th Street sits a half-block from Prospect Park in the Park Slope Historic District. It’s one of 16 homes developed by prolific builder Otto Singer and designed by Arthur R. Koch beginning in 1908. On the surface it’s rather modest if not plain compared to the projecting cornice-topped bays of its neighbors, but on closer look, its garden steps up from an ornate iron and granite fence, its windows are draped with egg and dart trim, and the cornice has sunburst decorative panels and arches descending into classical columns within the fascia.
But the heart of this one is on the interior, with its double-door entrance opening into a parlor with a grand neo-Classical scroll-columned mantel, parquet with key-patterned borders, a front parlor with a fluted pier mirror, and ornate foliate plaster crown molding, medallions, and trim. In the formal dining room past the center stairs, it has built-in glass displays on either side of the mantel, bracketed picture rails, coffered ceilings, and popping floral wallpaper. The kitchen is situated in a rear extension with the laundry room and powder room below, and is fitted with stained-wood kitchen cabinets that appear to be a well-preserved midcentury renovation and updated appliances.
The center stairs give a very natural progression to five bedrooms on the two upper floors. A bathroom and closets are sited in the middle with some pretty details in between, such as a pass-through with stained glass transom and sidelight, and built-in drawers. The bathrooms are neatly updated with white tiles and pedestal sinks.
569 4th Street is in the Park Slope Historic District, and we previously featured the block in Building of the Day by Suzanne Spellen, who described it as one of the “classiest blocks in Park Slope,” as the listing by Peter Grazioli for Halstead echoes. At $3.785 million without a rental unit to offset the costs, it may be a fitting place to revive the Gilded Age. A good price for the location and all the frills?
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