This one-bedroom co-op apartment in a 1936 Art Deco elevator building in Park Slope has a number of attractive points: vintage accents, location, layout and an updated kitchen. It’s located at 140 8th Avenue in the Park Slope Historic District near Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza on a site that was once the garden of the Charles Feltman mansion — Feltman being the pre-Nathan’s Coney Island vendor credited with inventing the hot dog in a bun.
The top-floor apartment is relatively spacious, with a foyer that adds 50 square feet or so and allows for a good flow between the rooms. It has a coat closet and room for a chair or small table.
Through an arched doorway is the combo living/dining room. It’s floored in parquet and sizable enough for comfortable hosting and living. In fact, you could fit in quite a few books, shelving and even a Murphy bed, and still have plenty of room for lounging and dining.
The bedroom is almost as large, with more than enough room for an office or studio at one end. It also has parquet with an inlaid border.
The bathroom has characteristic vintage tile in bumblebee colors. Yellow square tiles around the tub and pedestal sink are accented by bands of bullnosed black tiles and matching black ceramic accessories such as shelves, a toothbrush holder and soap dishes.
The renovated kitchen has stainless steel counters, backsplash and appliances, blond Shaker-style cabinets and wood floors. There are four closets and a niche in the unit, and the building also has a playroom, basement storage and laundry, and two landscaped courtyards.
The building design by architect Martyn N. Weinstein is predominantly orange brick. Set back in a courtyard, the entrance features a limestone base, an Art Deco canopy and double doors with Art Deco-style patterned glass and ironwork.
The brickwork is syncopated with a variety of horizontal and vertical projecting and recessed elements on walls and bands between windows. Wonderfully, the building still has its black iron casement windows.
A pair of limestone moldings, one on each wing, run vertically up the side of the building for six stories. They may have once paralleled a wider band of streamlined limestone over the entrance, an architect’s sketch in a 1936 Brooklyn Eagle article reveals. Until its demolition in 1950, Feltman’s house — a palatial Romanesque Revival mansion designed by Montrose Morris — stood on the Carroll Street corner.
Listed by Judith Lief of Corcoran, the apartment is being offered for $690,000. The maintenance is relatively high at $1,477 a month, which may reflect the unit’s size, top-floor perch, high taxes in Park Slope generally, and the full-service building. Do you think it will get ask?
[Photos by Ryan Lahiff of RISE Media courtesy of The Corcoran Group]
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