It’s the type of property that doesn’t come on the market very often in Brooklyn. An incredibly intact 18th century farmhouse, the Wyckoff-Bennett House has slipped onto the market for the first time in decades.
Located at 1669 East 22nd Street in Madison, the house has been occupied by only three families since it was first constructed. The current owners of the house tried for decades to negotiate an agreement for the New York City Parks Department to purchase the house and preserve it as a historic house museum.
Constructed by Hendrick H. Wyckoff circa 1766, the frame dwelling was once part of a much larger farm. An oft-told tale is that Hessian soldiers bunked in the house during the Revolutionary War and two of them scratched their names into the windowpanes. The sections of glass were removed and preserved. The house and acreage were sold to Cornelius W. Bennett in 1835 and stayed in the Bennett family until the 1980s.
The current owners, the Monts, purchased the house and its contents in 1983. “It’s a living museum,” Annette Mont told the New York Times in 2010 and contains furnishings, silverware, historic photographs and manuscripts that belonged to the original owners. Negotiations between Stuart and Annette Mont and the Parks Department for the purchase of the house fell apart in 2010. You can see the Monts give a tour of their house on this video by Sarah Kamaras. Both the Monts passed away some years ago, and the family has now placed the property on the market.
While the house was designated an individual New York City landmark in 1968, that doesn’t protect the interior of the house, which reflects the centuries of its history with layers of 18th, 19th and early 20th century details. There’s the expected Dutch, or split, front door, wide-planked floorboards, large fireplaces with wood mantels including one that looks like an 1830s addition, wainscoting and built-in cabinetry. The listing doesn’t mention if the furnishing are included this time around.
The house sits on a half acre of land that includes a circa 1899 barn. Any development of the landmarked site would be under the review of LPC. The house is listed with Delton Cheng of Century 21 Homefront Realty for $3.25 million.
[Images via Century 21 Homefront Realty unless noted otherwise]
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