Take a jazz-filled tour of historic Fort Greene homes

September 4, 2019

Photo courtesy of CityRealty

While it’s always easy to admire the stunning brownstones of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood from the outside, here’s your chance to appreciate them up close. The 34th Fort Greene House Tour takes place on Sunday, Sept. 22, opening up unique homes from the 19th-century to architecture enthusiasts. Hosted by the Fort Greene Association, the theme of this year’s tour is “Houses, History & All That Jazz,” with some homes on tour featuring live music, in honor of the neighborhood’s musical legacy.

The self-guided walking tour hits eight classic Fort Greene homes, including a former Tack House, a renovated 1850s brownstone, and a restored home from 1876. According to the association, several of the homes have been featured in movies and television.

“Whether putting a working jukebox in the dining room, a bathtub in a library or choosing to cook on a 1940’s Chambers stove, these creative homeowners are not afraid to follow their own rules when it comes to designing their homes,” a press release from the FGA reads.

The tour honors the late FGA Chair Howard Pitsch, who wrote the book Images of America FORT GREENE. On a special 90-minute walking tour, visitors will stop at Pitsch’s favorite places in the neighborhood. The tour begins at the corner of DeKalb and Washington, in front of Fort Greene Park, at 12 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 in cash and can be bought at the BAM Box Office, Greenlight Bookstore, Yu Interiors, Gnarly Vines, and the Fort Greene Farmers Markets. Tickets can also be purchased online via PayPal or on the day of the tour at Fort Greene Park for $30.

Learn more about this year’s house tour in Fort Greene here.


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