The 2016 Park Slope House Tour, a self-guided tour organized by the Park Slope Civic Council, will take place Sunday, May 15, from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. Homes in the central and northern sections of Park Slope will be on view, with shuttle buses providing continuous service to pick-up and drop-off sites near homes. Ticket-holders will receive a handsome illustrated brochure describing the history and interior of each home. Following the Tour at 6:00 pm, there will be a lecture by local architect-historian Francis Morrone entitled A Short and Selective History of Prospect Park. The lecture will take place at Berkeley Carroll School Cafeteria at 181 Lincoln Place. House tour tickets are required. The House Tour funds the Park Slope Civic Council’s Grants Program. Your participation in the 2016 House Tour helps to ensure the funding of our 2017 grants, and for that we are most grateful.
Starting Point: Beginning at 12 noon on May 15, tickets will be sold, shoe covers will be available and House Tour brochures will be distributed at our starting point – Poly Prep Lower School, 50 Prospect Park West at 1st Street.
Information for members of the public:
Purchase Day of Tour Tickets @ $30:
Sold only in front of Poly Prep Lower School on Sunday, May 15 beginning at 12 noon.
No children under 10 with the exception of infants in front packs.
No smoking, food, drinks.
No large backpacks.
No opening of closets, drawers or cabinets.
Inside homes, shoes must be removed or shoe covers put on.
No photos or videos of any kind. No use of any electronic or digital equipment inside homes.
Highlights of the Seven Homes on the Park Slope House Tour
• A Chinese ancestor portrait, original stained glass and lovely Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper designs greet you as you enter the foyer of this beautiful 1890 Renaissance Revival home designed by the Parfitt Brothers. Additional ceiling wallpaper designs, textured walls and a coffee table by George Nakashima are highlights of the parlor. In the dining room are a collection of wallpaper samples, an Arts and Crafts chandelier, a painting by Herman Dudley Murphy and cherry shelving on either side of the fireplace. Throughout the parlor floor are Japanese wood block prints by Yoshitoshi Mori, Kiyoshi Saito and Hasui. The spacious and handsome kitchen features textured tiles, a beamed ceiling, a brick fireplace, a collection of ceramics and Sardinian granite counters. In the comfortable study upstairs, Stickley furniture and woodblock prints by Ray Morimura and Saito take center stage. Dogwood, mountain laurel and wisteria bloom in the rear garden. [The 2 photos just below are by Audrey Gray.]
• Indian Mughal miniatures, 18th and 19th century English and American furniture and an inviting inglenook are features of this lovely home, one of a row of twelve Neo-Classical houses constructed in 1907 by a local developer, Walter M. Bristow. A Chinese ancestor portrait presides over the front parlor. The charming dining room fireplace has seating on either side; Lowestoft china is displayed on the plate railing above the fireplace nook. In the master bedroom is an unusual fireplace cover with an Egyptian motif, including a pyramid and camel, as well as a landscape by John Appleton Brown. Paintings of Washington Square by Anthony Springer line the stairwell to the floor above. [Photos by Audrey Gray.]
• This house is one of a row of six high-style Queen Anne houses built in 1887 and designed by architect C.P.H. Gilbert. The parlor floor features a walnut fireplace with lovely tiles, beautiful chandeliers, original flooring as well as a kitchen with mahogany cabinets, limestone counters, a table made locally at Trailer Park and a Wolf stove. Upstairs, the master bedroom boasts deep burgundy walls and stained glass made by Belcher Mosiac Glass Company. A closet-lined pathway leads to a spacious bathroom. A handsome center stringer staircase descends from the parlor floor to the garden floor, where French posters hang in a comfortable living room. For those who want to make the climb to the 5th floor deck, the view of downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan is spectacular. [Photos by Eric Laignel.]
• This 1891 Neo-Renaissance home features an eclectic art collection including paintings by Brooklyn artist Josephine Burns, a print belonging to Evelyn and Everett Ortner, a caricature of Frederick Law Olmsted, nineteenth-century Japanese woodcarvings and a group of seven Chinese paintings on silk. Lovely original stained glass can be seen on the parlor floor. In the dining room, fireplace tiles depict characters from the novels of Charles Dickens. The beautiful overmantels in the master bedroom and library were rescued from a home down the street. [Photos by Nigel Spong.]
• The façade of this circa-1875, late-Italianate home conceals a dramatic contemporary interior featuring character-grade quarter sawn white oak flooring, a beautiful mantelpiece and stair railings original to the house and a handsome walnut Chinese chest. This home has achieved Passive House EnerPHit certification – the house is air tight and well insulated, and has a constant supply of fresh filtered air through its energy recovery ventilator. Other energy-saving components include triple glazed windows, solar hot water, induction cooking and an ethanol- burning fireplace. A parrot named Oliver resides in the kitchen, and a flowering plum blooms in the rear garden. [Photos by Nigel Spong.]
• This 1890 Romanesque Revival home features original oak and walnut parquet flooring, cherry woodwork, handsome chandeliers and paintings by Brooklyn artist KK Kozik. In the front parlor near the baby grand piano, decorative mantelpiece tiles depict medieval musicians. The rear parlor serves as the family den with custom design woodwork cabinetry and a wet bar for entertaining. A collection of stuffed animals reside in a charming daughters’ bedroom. On the garden floor, a beautiful and spacious kitchen with striking marble counters and a tin ceiling is on view. French doors lead to a garden with a bluestone patio, where honeysuckle grows on a Brooklyn-designed wrought iron. [Photos by Audrey Gray.]
• Magnificent mahogany mantelpieces, tapestries and a beautiful china cabinet are highlights of the parlor floor of this house, one of a row of seven in Renaissance Revival style, erected in 1888 by owner-builder John Magilligan. The charming and cozy kitchen features a brick wall and an adjacent sunroom. Upstairs, a doll collection and the chandelier from Billy Rose’s rehearsal hall are on view in the beautiful master bedroom. The comfortable sitting room boasts a Black Forest clock and an inlaid chair and game table; an inviting deck is nearby. A door with leaded stained glass leads to a lovely bathroom with a stained glass window. [Photos by Nigel Spong.]
Sponsors to Date:
With deep appreciation, we thank the following for their generous contributions:
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC
100 Seventh Avenue
514 2nd Street
The Corcoran Group
125 Seventh Avenue
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
154 Seventh Avenue
Ideal Properties Group LLC
78 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn Hearth Realty
43 5th Avenue
302 7th Avenue
Lion in the Sun
232 Seventh Avenue
342 Seventh Avenue