JOIN US FOR THE BHA HOUSE TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 12TH FROM 1-5 pm
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 12th 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.
The tour takes place, rain or shine. Tickets are $40 per person and tax-deductible.
Our advance reservation desk is now closed but we'll be selling tickets on the day of the tour at 129 Pierrepont Street, starting at 12:30 until 3:30 PM. Your ticket is actually a Guidebook containing a map of the neighborhood and a brief description of each house on the tour.
Included in the price of the ticket is a delightful sampling of homemade cookies, served with lemonade in the arcade of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims on Orange Street. A harpist will play beautful music 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.
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SENT IN YOUR RESERVATION, YOUR TICKET(S) WILL BE HELD FOR YOU SATURDAY (DAY OF THE TOUR), FROM 12:30 until 4 PM AT 129 PIERREPONT STREET. Remember, the houses close promptly at 5 PM, and it takes at least 2 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. Also, taking photographs and cell phone use inside the houses is prohibited.
WE THANK OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE BHA HOUSE TOUR.
LEAD SPONSOR: Brown Harris Stevens
PRINCIPAL SPONSOR: Corcoran
SIGNATURE SPONSOR: Halstead
We also thank our merchant donors whose in kind donations help to make our house tour all the more successful. Special thanks go to: Heights Chateau, Michael's Wines and Spirits, Key Food and James Weir Florist for their generosity.
SUBWAY INFORMATION: Borough Hall is the closed subway stop to 129 Pierrepont Street, for the 2,3,4,5 and R trains. Parking is extremely difficult, curbside space is scarce. Public garages are located at 180 Montague Street, 225 Atlantic Avenue, 75 Henry Street.
HOMES ON THE 2012 TOUR
Here's a preview of some of the stunning rooms awaiting you on this year's tour.
Photographs by Judith Angel
A four-story townhouse (circa 1873), with an additional attic level featuring a central dormer window, was designed in a classical revival style. After many decades as a multi-unit building, it was updated by a gut renovation, preserving what few original elements remain. It is now a spacious home to a family of 5, where lucky visitors can enjoy its many imaginative features – especially in the freshly designed children’s rooms. Ebonized floors throughout the house provide a unifying backdrop for the sleek and decidedly modern, kid-friendly aesthetic preferred by the owners.
A three-story brick and sandstone carriage house is an unusually large example of this building type, constructed in the 1870’s. The façade is attractively arranged in three layers, with an arched garage entry. The upper stories are three bays wide previewing the sun-flooded interior that lies beyond the façade. During the 1940’s, this building was a social club, cum gym, owned by a famous boxer. Now, poured concrete floors anchor the main room while a massive wall of glass soars up the rear façade, and next to it is a gracefully curving staircase leading to the floors above. The current owner’s attention to detail is evident throughout this inventively designed family home whose interior offers a world of light, materials, shapes and colors that will surprise visitors at every turn.
The interior of a Federal-style row house, built in 1826, retains its original leafy moldings in the corner blocks of the front parlor windows and doors and wood fireplace mantels. Leaded sidelights and transoms outline the front doors. There is an unusual rear addition, dating from the Victorian era, featuring stained glass windows, oak paneling and basket-weave floors. Throughout the house are unusual antique furnishings collected while the owners lived in China. Upstairs the ornamentation on the moldings and fireplaces is simplified. The top floor bedrooms feature charming vintage wall papers and wide plank (original) pine floors.
Built in 1848, a meticulously restored Greek Revival townhouse has the distinction of being among the first certifiably green renovations in Brooklyn Heights. Its owners carried out their desire to honor the hundred plus year history of the house with a commitment to 21st century environmental friendliness. This house also has a compelling history: From the 1890s to early 1900s, it was the home and medical office of Dr. Robert Latou Dickinson, a pioneer in women’s reproductive health and mentor to Sanger and Kinsey, then became the Alpha Chi Ro Fraternity house for Brooklyn Polytechnic students, and was later rented by church groups during the Second World war as a hostel for Japanese Americans returning from west coast internment camps. Today, it features original marble mantels and is furnished with antiques and contemporary pieces. The walls are filled by a vast collection of paintings by Lee Adler.
A grandly-proportioned 1856 Renaissance Revival style brownstone offers unmatched views of New York harbor, the lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade from floor to ceiling parlor windows. Highlights of this richly furnished living space include a view of the formal, European-style garden from the parlor balcony, antique furniture pieces, rugs, books and interesting art objects reflecting the owner's travels and discerning taste. The entrance foyer, with its red marble floors, Fortuny-covered walls, Tang dynasty horse and Empire-style pedestals featuring Wedgewood basalt heads of Paris and Mercury, previews a decorative feast for the eyes that awaits visitors to this home.
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Weather permitting, the rear yard gardens and balconies at all of these homes will be open for viewing.