House Tour 2014

55th Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour

photo by Audrey Gray

photo by Audrey Gray

General Information

The 2014 Park Slope Civic Council House Tour, a self-guided walking tour, will take place Sunday, May 18, from 12 noon to 5:30 pm.  Homes throughout 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, there will be a lecture at the New York Methodist Hospital Cafeteria by local architect-historian Francis Morrone.  House tour tickets are required.

By participating in this year’s Tour, you are helping fund the 2014-2015 the Civic Council’s Grants Program. Thank you.

Starting Point:  Beginning at 12 noon, 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:


Telephone:  347.871.0477


Purchase Advance Tickets @ $20 Online

Tix on sale

Once you have purchased a ticket on-line, you will receive an email confirmation. You must bring this confirmation to our Starting Point, Poly Prep Lower School, on Tour Day, Sunday, May 18, and exchange it for a ticket and brochure

Purchase Advance Tickets @ $20 from MerchantsBeginning May 1 until close of business May 17

• Aguayo & Huebener, 138 7th Avenue

• Betancourt & Assoc. Realty, 335 7th Avenue

• Brown Harris Stevens, 100 7th Avenue

• Dixon’s Bicycle Shop, 792 Union Street

• Dizzy’s Diner, 511 9th Street

• Ideal Properties Group, LLC, 78 7th Avenue

• tb shaw realty associates, 197 7th Avenue

• Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty, 123A 7th Avenue

• Zuzu’s Petals, 374 5th Avenue


Purchase Day of Tour Tickets @ $25:

Sold only in front of Poly Prep Lower School 50 Prospect Park W on Sunday, May 18 beginning at 12 noon.


No children under 10 with the exception of infants in front packs.

No smoking, food, drinks, photos or videos of any kind.  No large backpacks. 

No opening of closets, drawers or cabinets.

photo by Audrey Gray

photo by Audrey Gray

Tour Highlights

Original stained glass transoms, beautiful mahogany woodwork and a lovely wallpaper border are highlights of the parlor of this exuberantly Victorian 1889 Renaissance Revival home.  Mahogany woodwork is also seen in the dining room, where cherubs adorn the ceiling.  The spacious and charming kitchen features oak woodwork, a gas fireplace with lovely tiles, additional stained glass and two skylights.  Handsome pocket doors and exquisite powder rooms are found throughout this home.  A collection of circus and fairground memorabilia and an antique tramp art clock are on display.   The master bedroom, with a Victorian Renaissance Revival bed, leads to the garden, where rhododendrons and azalea bloom.

The foyer of this 1892 Neoclassical home features Chinatown Toile Flavor Paper.  In the spacious kitchen, with a distinctive red seating area, hangs a stunning photograph by Richard Misrach.  Photography by Anselm Kiefer, Bruce Davidson, Dorothea Lange and Hiroshi Sugimoto is found elsewhere in this lovely, contemporary home.  The inviting living room features a beautiful red Murano Glass Chandelier and a vitrine by Rebecca Horn.  Wallpaper by Neisha Crosland is on display in the master bedroom on the upper floor, where a charming and cheerful children’s bedroom and handsome bathroom can also be seen.

photo by Audrey Gray

photo by Audrey Gray

In this circa 1875 Italianate home, major renovations, designed by the owners and completed on a tight budget, have resulted in a sleek, handsome and contemporary home for a growing family.  In the living room, a stunning painting by the owner and a bio-ethanol fireplace take center stage.  Tilt-and-turn windows add interest.  The spacious, light-filled kitchen features a statuary borghini marble counter and white oiled walnut floors.  In the master bedroom, a beautiful Persian carpet is on display.  The owner’s art studio, filled with her paintings, is on the garden floor, where a large poplar presides over the garden.

Original stained glass, lovely leaded glass fire screens and beautiful mahogany woodwork with poplar trim greet you as you enter this 1892 Renaissance Revival home.   Depression era blue glass resides in a lovely cabinet in the dining room.  In the nearby pantry, an oak ice chest serves as a refrigerator.  An entertainment center cleverly hides a murphy bed in the sitting area of the garden floor.  The charming and spacious kitchen boasts a wood-burning hearth and handsome cabinets which hide the washer and dryer.

photo by Audrey Gray

photo by Audrey Gray

In an extensive renovation of this 1891 Neo-Grec home, the owners restored almost all the original detail – light fixtures, mantles, molding and trim – removed by previous owners.   A wonderful collection of clocks made at the former Ansonia Clock Factory, now Ansonia Court, is on display, as is a collection of architectural artifacts.  A beautiful parlor chandelier was purchased at an estate sale, as were the bed and dressers in the guest bedroom.  An Arts and Crafts dining table was purchased on Craig’s List.  An antique brass bed and William Morris wallpaper and fabric are featured.  A redwood deck leads down to a garden where wisteria and roses bloom.

This 1886 Renaissance Revival, owned for forty-five years by preservationists Everett and Evelyn Ortner, includes a lovely entrance hall with lincrusta wall coverings, an intriguing chandelier and molded lion heads.   Over the original staircase hangs intricate mahogany latticework.  The 32 foot long parlor features carefully preserved mahogany woodwork, parquet flooring and garland plasterwork.  The fireplace in the dining room features checkerboard glazed tile, curio cabinets and four sculpture niches.  An 8 foot tall mirror sits between two windows.

With deep appreciation, we thank the following for their generous contributions:

Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC
100 Seventh Avenue

Douglas Elliman Real Estate
154 Seventh Avenue

Ideal Properties Group LLC
78 Seventh Avenue

Aguayo & Huebener Realty
138 Seventh Avenue

Slope Realty
342 Seventh Avenue

Orrichio Anderson Realty
302 Seventh Avenue #A

Lion in the Sun
232 Seventh Avenue