On a beautiful tree lined block, a 'superblock', this wonderful historic home, located in the prized Crown Heights North Historic District extension (designated by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2015), is one of many Row houses built by the prolific architect, Axel Hedman of Brooklyn circa 1901.
The spacious building with a 19x48’ footprint, front courtyard, historic wood and glass door, original cornice, and a full-height round projecting bay adorned with foliate scrolls, is a full 2,902 square feet of interior space. There are three stories and a basement with allowances to extend or build an additional 2,093 square feet if desired.
A beautiful reflection of the Renaissance Revival style, 1072 Prospect Place boasts many original period details that define its distinctive elegance and classic character. Original inlaid hardwood floors, original woodwork (never painted over!), fretwork and millwork, built-ins, pier mirrors, lovely fireplace mantles and other original features are in excellent condition and exude old world charm throughout.
Over the decades, the current owner has used the residence as a single family home with the kitchen located on the ground/garden level overlooking the backyard, a large private fenced rear garden which provides peaceful enjoyment for relaxing and entertaining Outdoors. The family has lovingly maintained the home and preserved its special details; however updating is required by the new buyer seeking to create a custom dream home that melds history with modern style. The home has been updated with an HVAC system. The location is exceptional, steps from Brower Park, minutes to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Take the 3 train or walk to the C or A train at Nostrand Avenue for a fast commute to the city.
Prospect Place is a very unique block in that it was part of a pilot program to create a “superblock.” Designed by I.M. Pei, the renovations to the street, which remain largely intact today, represent urban planning at its best. The widened sidewalks with attractive square pavers, new trees, and the installation of round concrete planters that double as benches create a park-like block that encouraged neighbors to congregate with each other outside. They made access to the block limited and put in place a street bed as a traffic-calming measure.
Prospect Place was chosen because it was intact, beautiful, somewhat isolated and, most importantly, filled with strong and proud community-minded homeowners. Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, was one of them!
This street was also featured in the 1978 production of The Wiz, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Except the address in the movie says 433 Prospect Place. But there's no place like home at 1072 Prospect Place.