Have you ever wondered who designed that fascinating structure you walk by every day? We've rounded up profiles of architects who contributed to the 19th and 20th century look of Brooklyn, from rows of brownstones to iconic institutional structures.
This fanciful French chateau was built for Stuyvesant Heights' growing middle class population at a time when apartment living was becoming popular.
The John C. Kelley mansion at 247 Hancock Street is one of Bed Stuy's most prominent and notable buildings.
One of Park Slope’s most luxe and talked-about townhouses is back on the market, for the second time in two years and the third in under a decade.
On the corner of Hancock Street and Marcy is a wonderfully flamboyant house, mixing brick, limestone and terra cotta, towers, turrets, gables, loggias and balconies, stained glass and carved ornament.
This unusual and attractive prewar one-bedroom co-op is located in a mansion famed 19th century architect Montrose Morris designed for the third richest man in Brooklyn and his family in the Gilded Age.
Located on one of 19th-century Brooklyn's most fashionable streets, the Queen Anne–style home of William H. Beard provides a window into the borough's storied past.
Even today, having your wedding covered by a prominent newspaper is a coup. For socially prominent Brooklynites in the late 1800s, everyone who was anyone vied to have the Brooklyn Daily Eagle report on their ceremony and reception.
For the 1889 wedding of Miss Florence Gould Travis, however, readers were also treated to an epic description of her lavish new home. Florence was not just marrying one of Brooklyn’s finest, most sought-after architects.
She was marrying the great Montrose Morris. And their home was spectacular.
There’s nothing like a Gilded Age apartment to set the heart racing — or to inspire a swap for one’s first born, as the movie Rosemary’s Baby so famously depicted. That particularly coveted real estate showstopper was located in Manhattan’s Dakota building, home to stars from John Lennon to Lauren Bacall.
But Brooklyn has its grand apartment buildings too. These immense elaborate structures attracted admiration like no others — and they still do today.
Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen and commenter and fellow architectural history expert Morgan Munsey will lead a tour of the Stuyvesant Heights Expanded Historic District Saturday, March 15. Organized by the Municipal Arts Society, the tour will explore the area’s history and architecture.
Tickets cost $20 or $15 for Municipal Arts Society members. The tour starts at 2 pm.