Now that fall has arrived, I am more inclined to stroll along Brooklyn’s beautiful tree-lined streets and admire the stunning architecture; one of the borough’s best kept secrets. As a Brooklynite, this one secret I am proud to share. Today I will provide a glimpse of some of the architectural gems in Lefferts Manor, which is a short walk from my apartment on Hawthorne Street.
A Brief Overview of Lefferts Manor
Lefferts Manor, an eight-block parcel of land located within Prospect Lefferts Gardens, has been described by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as one of the finest “enclaves of late 19th, and early 20th century housing in New York City.” Lefferts Manor’s architectural structure as a row house neighborhood has remained unchanged since the first four homes were constructed in 1899. From 1900 – 1905 there was a six-year hiatus, but the years that followed more than compensated for the lull in activity. Between 1905 and 1922 an impressive 507 homes were built. The final three homes that would complete this unique enclave were built on Maple Street in 1952.
Great care was taken to ensure these homes were unique from other houses that were built throughout the city. Historians and preservationists attribute the neighborhood’s unique style to the manner in which brick, brownstone and limestone were used in different combinations, and colors, to create contrast.
Here are a few pictures of Lefferts Manor’s stunning architecture.
This is truly one of the most beautiful times of the year. Be sure to take a few moments out to enjoy beautiful Brooklyn.
Have a great week.
Lefferts Manor Association – Leffertsmanor.org
Fillmore.com – Real Estate listings in Prospect Lefferts
Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate
The Secret Is Out In Prospect Lefferts Gardens – online.wsj.com
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