This is a classic Italianate brownstone in Prospect Heights built around 1871 with bracketed window lintels and cornices, and original details on the interior like decorative window moldings and wainscoting. Located at 167 Prospect Place, it’s in the Prospect Heights Historic District and belongs to a row of Italianate row houses that the designation report provides a wealth of information about.
The report notes that home was built at a time when Prospect Park was being developed and new public transit to the area anticipated construction of hundreds of brick and stone row houses in the Prospect Heights area. Its high stoop allows for decently sized windows on the basement level, and Italianate buildings had relatively tall ceilings on the first floor, with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, which are evident in views of the facade.
During this period, balusters were often being manufactured in cast-iron rather than being hand-wrought, allowing for more affordable production of details like these generously swelling and beaded spindles, newel and gate entrance. The arched and pedimented entrance and cornice brackets have the acanthus leaf motif that was coming back into style after a period of relative austerity during the Civil War. The entrance’s sidelights and transom are filled with glass blocks, replacing double doors seen in others along the row. The designation report notes that the fence and gate are probably historic wrought-iron features, though the gateposts and finials may have been altered.
A three-family in the hands of the same family for decades, it is configured as two floor-through apartments over a duplex. The few pictures in the listing show a wealth of original detail, including the original stair with a characteristically rounded newel post and, in the parlors and bedrooms, picture-frame moldings, crown moldings and marble mantels.
There is wall-to-wall carpet in many of the rooms, and none of the three kitchens or four bathrooms are pictured, which may mean some work is needed.
It’s being offered for $2,999,999 with current taxes fairly low at $646, shown in an open house this Sunday, January 20th from 2:30 to 4 pm by Anthony Robles, Aran Scott and Peter Perez for Douglas Elliman. Good price for all of the work it may need?
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