All around the city new structures of glass and steel are rising up as bastions of modernity, often dwarfing neighboring turn-of-the-century buildings that experienced a different kind of rise–that of New York City as an economic and cultural center of the world. Standing the test of time, homes like this 1893 Romanesque Revival style brownstone call to mind the saying “they don’t make them like they used to.”
While it’s true there’s nothing quite like Manhattan’s gleaming skyline, the original details in this classic Victorian residence at 585 11th Street in Park Slope are every bit as breathtaking.
While the large eat-in kitchen has contemporary stainless steel appliances, its original coal stove (currently used for storage) is the room’s centerpiece, earning a cover spot on the Park Slope Annual House Tour guidebook and promotional posters during the home’s two appearances on this “who’s who” of the area’s residences. The tin ceiling and beautifully maintained wood floors (also original) are a lovely complement to the modern counters and dark wood cabinets–a perfect blend of old and new.
The parlor floor’s two stunning mantels, high ceilings with original woodwork, and gorgeous pocket doors lend an air of classic charm that you simply don’t find in most new construction. The staircase’s carved wooden balustrade reflects the exquisite craftsmanship of the late 1800s and leads you to the home’s three bedrooms, each with its own fireplace.
With recreational space available in the basement along with lots of storage and a beautiful garden off the kitchen for easy entertaining and summer fun, this wonderfully preserved $2.75 million home can rightfully hold its own against even the newest–and shiniest–of residences.
Photos courtesy of DavidWest Properties
Neighborhoods : Park Slope