This imposing manse just steps away from Prospect Park has a surfeit of the details one would expect from an 1880s Park Slope brownstone. Its treasures include mantels, pocket doors, moldings, plaster medallions, a pier mirror and stained glass.
Designed and built by J. Doherty & Son, the house at 43 8th Avenue sits in the Park Slope Historic District and the designation report classifies it as French Neo-Grec. It’s got a full-height angled bay, an imposing stoop and a columned portico with Neo-Grec ornament. Doherty was responsible for four houses on this blockfront along with three directly across the street and a stretch of 18 houses around the corner on Berkeley Place, all constructed between 1881 and 1886. Ads described some of the the company’s 8th Avenue houses as “first class residences” with hardwoods, a superior floor plan and “every modern improvement.”
Set up as a two-family, No. 43 has a one-bedroom garden apartment with an owner’s triplex above. An old listing shows the house has had some style tweaks since it was last on the market in 2013, but the renovations appear to have left all the rich detail intact. As noted, those details are plentiful. There are front and rear parlors, with a pier mirror in the former and a working fireplace with a carved wood mantel and new marble hearth in the latter. French doors lead to a paneled sunroom large enough for a dining table. An adjacent kitchen in an extension has been updated with white cabinetry and marble counters. A door opens onto a wood deck with stairs down to a paved rear garden with built-in bench seating and a gas fire pit.
There are four bedrooms on the upper two floors, some with elaborate wood mantels with overmantel mirrors. The front and rear bedrooms on both floors are connected with original passthroughs. Only one is shown and it still retains its original top cabinets, but at some point along the two original undermount sinks and lower cabinets were replaced with early 20th century pedestal sinks. There’s a full bath on each floor as well and one of those retains its original stained glass window and a delicate floral accent tile that, if not original, is certainly in keeping with the era.
When the property sold in 2013 it went for $3.78 million. It is now listed for $6.25 million with Lindsay Barton Barrett, Christina Abad and Bradley Rodenberg of Douglas Elliman. Think it will get ask?
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