For the many house-hunters seeking a townhouse in Crown Heights, this $3.5 million Colonial Revival mansion at 190 New York Avenue is a fine example of the neighborhood’s grand history. The area known as the St. Marks District was, at the turn of the 19th century, home to many of the borough’s wealthiest residents, with streets lined with large free-standing or semi-detached homes like this one. This four-story townhouse measures an unusually large 30 feet by 59 feet on a 109-foot lot. Inside are 14 rooms including seven bedrooms, seven fireplaces and a master bedroom that’s blessed with a terrace. And here’s a fun fact–according to the listing, a one-time tenant was the prolific singer and actress Ethel Waters
The townhouse was designed by architect Edward P. York. York. He began his career at the offices of McKim, Mead & White, who designed the original Penn Station and who were key in promoting the new Colonial Revival style. York moved on to become a partner at York & Sawyer, one of Brooklyn’s most prolific promoters of the Beaux Arts style with an affinity for banks, office buildings, clubs and academic institutions, including the landmarked Brooklyn Trust Company, now Chase Bank, in Brooklyn Heights.
The parlor floor has original moldings, 11-foot ceilings, three fireplaces and hardwood floors. The kitchen also awaits the vision of a new owner, according to the listing. which is probably why it isn’t pictured.
Though the home hasn’t seen a renovation in a while, there is plenty of space to imagine every possible kind of interior style from perfectly-replicated, antique filled historic to elegant modern decor.
The home’s backyard has plenty of potential as a personal paradise, in need of little more than some TLC. No floor plan is included, but from the glimpse we’ve been given, we’ll hang on to that imagination–and hope prospective buyers do the same.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Crown Heights