One in a row of Renaissance Revival-style houses designed by prolific Brooklyn architect Axel Hedman, this Crown Heights single-family is teeming with original woodwork, from fretwork to an impressive stair with built-in bench. The house at 1072 Prospect Place is also on a block that’s part of 20th century urban design history; it had a redesign by I.M Pei. as part of the 1960s Superblocks program.
The house itself dates to 1901 or 1902, when Eli H. Bishop, a successful builder and developer of scores of houses across the borough, constructed more than two dozen houses on the block. All the two-story houses were designed by Hedman and No. 1072 has a rusticated basement, a full-height rounded bay, foliate ornamentation, a pressed-metal frieze and a bracketed cornice.
While at least some houses in the row were originally built as two-families, according to Brownstoner’s Suzanne Spellen, this one is set up as a single-family. It hasn’t been on the market in decades and while the original features appear to be in fine shape, the listing suggests a new owner might want to do some updating. Since neither of the two bathrooms are pictured, that might be where the style upgrades are needed.
The parlor level has front, middle and rear parlors, each with their own impressive features. The front parlor boasts a bay window, a pier mirror with ribbon and garland ornament and, leading to the center stair hall, a columned screen with fretwork. The “hall” or middle parlor, features an impressive central stair with a built-in seat. Pocket doors lead to the rear parlor, which has a columned mantel with overmantel mirror and glass-fronted built-in cabinets.
The dining room on the garden level has a built-in china cabinet and a door leading to a butler’s pantry with what looks like original cabinetry. The kitchen at the rear has 1950s wood cabinetry, complete with boomerang-style hardware and metal-trimmed countertops.
Upstairs are three bedrooms; the largest is in the front bay and has an adjoining office or sitting room. It’s also connected to the rear bedroom via a walk-through dressing area with sink. There’s a skylit full bath.
There’s a fenced rear garden, and additional green space can be found at the end of the block, just down the street from Brower Park.
The house is listed by Ronit Abraham with Compass and is asking $1.699 million.
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