Here’s a four-story, single-family brick and limestone beauty in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District. It is “in need of a total renovation,” according to the listing, and has some visible wear and tear but also an abundance of rich, original details.
Located at 45 Rutland Road, it is one of a row of five brick and limestone houses built in 1897 and is classified as Neo-Renaissance in the designation report. These homes were designed by John J. Petit.
There are many historic notes throughout the home, including original inlaid parquet floors, wainscoting, arched room dividers, fretwork screens, a built-in bench on the side of the grand staircase, original stenciling on the frieze under the coffered ceiling in the center hall, and a total of seven decorative fireplace mantels. As well, the front parlor has a pier mirror and two pass-throughs with their original marble sinks and built-in closets divide the front and rear bedrooms on the second and third floors.
Photos from a prior listing show more details, including pocket doors and a built-in display cabinet or bar in the front room on the garden floor.
Closets abound, including five of the walk-in variety. The main kitchen is located in a rear extension on the garden story, which also includes a pantry and a powder room. (The only stove appears to be located in a second kitchen on the top floor, where a bathroom would originally been located, according to the floor plan.)
The cream-colored exterior has a dog-leg stoop, angled bay and heavy cornice. The detailing, which includes keystone lintels, leans toward the neo-Classical.
Some wonderful anecdotes exist about the home in newspaper archives, including the fact that a “delightful card party” was hosted by a Mrs. Harry Washington Fairfax in its parlor in 1901 (she wore a “beautiful gown of pastel blue satin”) and that it was advertised by Fairfax as a rental with “all the latest improvements” in 1905.
The home is a little over four blocks from the Prospect Park B and Q train station and five blocks from the park itself.
Douglas Elliman’s Alexander Maroni and Lina Chen have the listing, which is asking $2.25 million. It was previously listed in March by R New York for $1.799 million.
The estate of the longtime owner sold it to an LLC in April for $674,591. Do you think it’ll get its ask this time?
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