The listing is a bit short on details but this house has curb appeal that is pretty hard to ignore, with an architecturally intriguing Flemish Revival-style shingled facade. Located at 20 Waldorf Court, it’s set amidst a block of other early 20th century homes in the micronabe of West Midwood, one of the many developments that carved up the former farmland of Flatbush.
Waldorf Court itself was laid out in 1901, and soon after a number of building permits were filed for single-family homes designed by Benjamin Driesler. This included No. 20, which was constructed in 1903 and sold by John R. Corbin Company the following year to A. Ward Blanchard. Prolific architect Driesler designed a number of buildings for Corbin in the adjoining Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park Historic District, many of them Colonial Revival in style.
At 20 Waldorf Court he designed something a bit different. While some of the neighbors sport the gambrel roofline of the Dutch Colonial Revival style, No. 20 is the only one with the distinctive steps and curves of a Flemish gable. The house has some of the more expected elements popular in its era as well, including a wraparound porch, oriel windows and dormers on the side facade, all also seen in the circa 1940 tax photo for the house. First owner A. Ward Blanchard — the manager of an auto shop specializing in Pope Hartford cars before he established his own shop — Lucy G. Blanchard and their two children would live in the house for more than a decade.
The distinctive exterior appears to have been repaired and repainted since the house was featured as an Open House Pick back in 2017. New listing photos show that some of the original interior details remain, including wood floors with inlaid borders, stained glass, a newel post, coffered ceiling and stone mantel.
According to the listing, the renovation on the six-bedroom, three-bath house is still wrapping up but includes a new roof, electric and plumbing along with a renovated kitchen and baths with radiant heat. The two baths shown have a neutral gray and white palette, one with a cast iron tub and marble walls and the other with a walk-in shower and white tiled walls.
There’s a “massive” yard and a driveway that “can park six cars”; there’s no mention of a garage in the listing although building records show one associated with the property. Surely A. Ward Blanchard would have insisted on a garage for his own auto.
The house has been in the same family since the 1960s and was on the market back in 2017 for $1.6 million. It’s now listed for sale by owner for $1.895 million. What do you think?
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