On the outside, this 1820s Brooklyn Heights house has the picturesque silhouette of a Federal-style row home, together with a tidy Flemish bond brick facade topped with dormers. Along with its nineteenth century charms, the single-family house additionally has a twentieth century Brooklyn historical past hyperlink because the long-time house of panorama architect Alice Recknagel Ireys.
Situated within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, 45 Willow Road dates to circa 1824, in line with the LPC Landmarks Map, though a small plaque on the facade claims a barely earlier date of circa 1820. The home hasn’t modified a lot on the outside because it was snapped for the circa 1940 tax picture, when it was already the house of the Recknagel household. Ireys, whose work included designs for playgrounds and public housing tasks within the metropolis, grew up within the household house and finally established her apply in the home after her marriage. Within the Fifties she created the Perfume Backyard on the Brooklyn Botanic Backyard, designed for the visually impaired. No. 45 was her house till her demise in 2000.
On the inside, the home has had some renovations over its many a long time. However there are nonetheless some stylistic components of the early nineteenth century to be discovered, together with the newel publish and stair, and moldings within the double parlors. A small powder room is tucked right into a closet, and for comfort, there’s a butler’s pantry on the rear full with a sink and wine fridge, and entry to the rear backyard.
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The primary kitchen and eating room are on the backyard stage the place a wall of glass offers one other vantage level from which to admire the backyard, which continues to be the two-tiered panorama designed by Ireys. A restoration by RKLA Studio included the addition of two curved staircases to attach the parlor and backyard ranges to the backyard.
The higher two flooring embrace 5 bedrooms, three with mantels, and a full tub per flooring. There’s additionally a petite, windowed house workplace that appears out onto the backyard.
The home final offered in 2006 for $4.495 million though it was on and off the market in 2017. It’s now listed with Ravi Kantha, Matthew Lesser, Gian Mitchell and Cameron LeCates from Leslie J. Garfield for $7.495 million. Well worth the ask?
[Listing: 45 Willow Street | Broker: Leslie J. Garfield] GMAP
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