When you’ve traveled the world making documentaries about topics ranging from the “greening” of Big Oil to life in North Korea, you’re probably a little hard to impress. So this circa 1898 Romanesque Revival townhouse really must have made an impression on filmmaker Peter Yost. He and his wife snatched up the circa 1898 house at 66 Midwood Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens for $2.3 million according to city records, coming in over the $1,975,000 listing price. The five-bedroom house has been renovated to both preserve its historic elements and provide updated, modern amenities.
Throughout the home are original details including wood paneling, intricate moldings, stained glass transom windows, inlaid hardwood floors, and carved mantles above the four wood-burning fireplaces. Period furnishings like crystal chandeliers and heavy silk drapes also add to the historic feel.
The custom-designed library can be used as a sixth bedroom and is currently equipped with an expertly concealed Murphy bed, blending into the original woodwork and shelving. A large eat-in kitchen opens to a south-facing garden.
The bedrooms all retain their original dressing rooms, and the master boasts an impressive collection of antique furniture, the most striking of which may be the tufted, satin bed frame.
Located in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District, the home was built as part of a row of 20 for developer William A.A. Brown and designed by architect William M. Miller. The highly ornamental facades of these buildings feature Palladian windows, cartouches, swags, and foliate moldings.
We suggest that Yost’s next film explore the history of Brooklyn, with his new home featuring prominently.
Photos courtesy of Halstead