The shingled single-family home at the corner of Stratford Road and Hinckley Place with the extravagant wraparound porch, gambrel roof, and turret is the work of distinguished Brooklyn architect and Bavarian native Benjamin Driesler. He designed 170 Stratford Road in 1905 in what the Prospect Park South Historic District designation report describes as the Free Classical style, which tended to mean taking liberties, mixing it up.
What we see of the original interior details in this case include a grand entry hall with parquet, stained glass, staircase and a partition with neo-Classical columns.
The entrance is distinct from the living room slotted into the bays of the wraparound. Entered through the columned partition, the living room has a three-sided bay window, three stained glass windows along a flat wall, and pocket doors leading into the dining room.
The latter, nestled under a gambrel-roofed projection, has another three-windowed bay, working fireplace, coffered ceiling and two built-in china cabinets with arched double doors.
There’s no floor plan, but we gather that the kitchen is tucked back beyond the dining room. It’s a mille-feuille of updates, including recent stainless steel appliances; circa 1980s tiled counters, wooden island with a cooktop, and tiled floors; and mid-20th century wood cabinets. Underneath it all is what appears to be the original subway tile on the walls, which goes up all the way to the ceiling and is crowned by two narrow rows of blue-black border tile.
Upstairs are seven bedrooms. One of these spans the front of the building on the top floor and has sloped ceilings with cut-out openings to the turret and another side of the house, making for a grand office or sleeping quarters. We also see a spacious, updated bathroom with a large tub that probably has jacuzzi capacity, a glass enclosed shower, and a console sink. The house has 3.5 baths altogether, according to the listing.
Driesler designed 170 Stratford Road for a builder named Walter Clayton, according to the designation report. By 1921, the report notes, Clayton was a New York State Assemblyman who introduced a film censorship commission.
The standalone house has 3,908 square feet on a 6,000-square-foot lot, according to PropertyShark. Most of the yard fronts the street, and there is a private driveway and two-car garage in the back.
The listing is from Toni Martin of Corcoran, and the asking price is $2.495 million. What do you think of it?
[Photos by Rayon Richards, courtesy of The Corcoran Group]
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