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2014 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10TH

The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold its annual, self-guided Landmark House & Garden Tour, showing five privately owned historic townhouses in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday, May 10th from 1-5 PM.

This go-at-your-own-pace, self-guided tour for the benefit of the BHA allows visitors a rare opportunity to experience the architectural grandeur and contrasting styles found inside the finest homes of Brooklyn Heights, New York City's first historic district.  BHA members receive a discount on tickets!

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

This tour takes place, rain or shine. Tickets are $40 per person and the entire cost of tickets is tax-deductible. Click here to purchase tickets.  You may also call us with your credit card, and we'll be glad to take your reservation over the phone at the BHA office (718) 858-9193. OR, if you prefer to wait, we will be selling tickets at 129 Pierrepont Street. Your ticket is actually a Guidebook containing a map of the neighborhood and a brief description of each house on the tour.  We recommend reserving in advance because it results in a faster pick-up when the doors at 129 Pierrepont open on tour day. We do not mail tickets.

Do you know about the 25% discount offered to BHA members only?  BHA members receive a $10 discount and pay just $30 per ticket. You are welcome to join the BHA here (or call us at 718-858-9193). We'll sign you up for membership and a simultaneous house tour discount!

Included in the price of the ticket is a delicious array of homemade cookies, served with lemonade in the arcade of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims on Orange Street. A harpist will play during the tea hours from 3-5 PM. Docent-led tours of the historic church sanctuary are given at 3:30 and 4:30 PM.

Remember, the houses close promptly at 5 PM, and it takes 2-3  hours to get around to the 5 houses so be sure to allow enough time.

Except for infants in front packs, children under 13 will not be allowed to go into the houses. Photo-taking and cell phone use inside the houses is prohibited.

We thank our corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2014 BHA House Tour.
 

LEAD SPONSORS:  Brown Harris Stevens, Douglas Elliman, Stribling & Associates

PRINCIPAL SPONSORCorcoran

We also thank our  generous merchant donors whose in kind donations help to make our house tour all the more successful. Special Thanks To: Heights Chateau, Michael’s Wines and Spirits, Key Food and James Wear Florist, for their support.

We salute the  generous homeowners whose houses make this tour possible as well as our multitude of responsible volunteers (house staff and tea bakers alike) who ensure the success of this singular BHA fundraiser. Thank you for furthering the work of the BHA!

SUBWAY INFORMATION: Borough Hall is the closest subway stop to 129 Pierrepont Street, for the 2,3,4,5 trains.  If you are coming from within Brooklyn, you can take the R train to Borough Hall.  The A,C, F and R stop at Jay Street-Metrotech and the A, C stop at High Street. Parking is extremely difficult in Brooklyn Heights.  Public garages are located at 180 Montague Street, 225 Atlantic Avenue, 75 Henry Street, and State Street between Hicks Street and Columbia Place..
 

HOMES ON THE 2014 TOUR

Here's a preview of some of the stunning rooms awaiting you on this year's tour. 

Built sometime between 1824 and 1829 when Brooklyn Heights was still mostly farmland, this Federal style frame house is among the oldest houses in the Heights. Its picturesque clapboard and Flemish bond brick exterior is the product of an extensive renovation by the current owners, who are themselves architects and designers. Counterbalancing the old and new, they’ve furnished their home with an interesting mix of antique and contemporary furniture, contemporary light fixtures and art by contemporary Brooklyn artists.
In the middle of the Heights stands this 1860’s Italianate brownstone, home to an interior designer and contemporary Chinese artist and their young daughter. Their original artwork seen throughout this elegantly proportioned house is stunning. The light and airy rooms boast original marble mantels and 14 ft ceilings and windows that reach almost from floor to ceiling. Throughout the house is a mix of Chinese antiques and custom pieces, including Ming Dynasty chairs, a George II secretary, an Austrian grandfather clock (1740), Dutch style kass (c.1780), sharing rooms with works of art created by the owners.
This 1846 Greek Revival house is home to a young family of 4. The current owners have just completed an extensive renovation, transforming the house (which had been divided into three apartments) back to a one family home. The grandly-proportioned parlor floor offers high ceilings, elaborate plaster moldings, original black marble mantels and European white oak floors. Most of the furnishings are mid-century vintage intermixed with contemporary pieces. A hand-painted custom Chinese wallpaper in the dining room, and 600 year-old Buddha in the living room are not to be missed.
One of three identical brownstone houses built side by side in the 1860s, this one has retained much of the original 19th century detailing despite a recent renovation by the current owners. Notable among the interior architectural details are extensive molding, marble fireplaces, Newell post and inlaid floors. The house boasts an antique Sohmer & Co. “baby-grand” with its original ivory keys. Furnishings include an interesting amalgam of pieces from Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. The walls are covered with art collected by the owners while living in New York, Asia, Europe and Canada.
This home will fascinate tour goers. Located in what longtime Brooklyn Heights residents will remember as a bustling parking garage complex, it is now a glamorous condo. A completely private and beautifully landscaped outdoor deck surrounds the master bedroom. Art highlights include works by Gerard Mas, Hunt Slonem, Roberto DuTesco, Arturo Guerrero and Peter Tunney. Among the many playful and surprising elements to be enjoyed here, visitors will love the clock whose suitor proposes every hour on the hour, unusual chandeliers, a tree house, bird cage lighting features and a swing for a bed.

Photo Credits: Photos 1, 3, 4, and 5: Judith Angel and Photo 2:  Martin Gallina Jones. 

 

Weather permitting, the rear yard gardens and balconies at all of these homes will be open for viewing.