Tour Park Slope with Francis Morrone!

Notable architectural historian – and Park Slope resident – Francis Morronewill conduct three virtual tours of Park Slope on behalf of the Park Slope Civic Council this winter. The tours are made possible by Park Slope’s selection as a 2020 Six to Celebrate Neighborhood by the Historic District Council, which is promoting PSCC’s efforts to extend landmark protection to about 1,500 buildings in the Center Slope.
As described below, the virtual tours will take place on:
December 20, 2020; January 10, 2021; and February 7, 2021 (all Sunday’s). 
While there is no cost for each tour, registrants are encouraged to make a donation to the Park Slope Civic Council. We encourage interested persons to register early since participation is limited to the first 100 registrants on each tour. The AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City describes Park Slope as a “somber-hued wonderland of finials, towers, turrets, bay windows, stoops, and porticoes; a smorgasbord of late Victoriana and the successor to Brooklyn Heights and Clinton Hill as the bedroom of the middle class and wealthy.” But the character of our extensive neighborhood differs from one area to another, and Morrone’s tours will highlight both the similarities and differences.
North Slope Tour 
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020, 2-3:30 PM 
This tour will cover Park Slope’s original “Gold Coast” of stately mansions, imposing row houses, and beautiful churches by some of Brooklyn’s leading architects including Montrose Morris, C.P.H. Gilbert, and Parfitt Brothers. Much of this area was included in the original Park Slope Historic District, designated in 1973. 
South Slope Tour 
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021, 2-3:30 PM 
This tour will include reminders of Park Slope’s industrial past in the former Ansonia Clock Factory campus, and the former Higgins india ink factory. Much of this area was included in the Park Slope Historic District Extension of 2012.  
Lower Slope Tour 
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 2-3:30 PM 
The lower Slope merges into the Gowanus neighborhood and contains sites of great historical importance and possesses many more blocks of fine row houses and small apartment buildings. Reflecting its historical significance, the Battle of Long Island raged around the Old Stone House and this site was once the home of Washington Park, whose baseball team evolved into the Brooklyn Dodgers. None of the lower Slope is landmarked yet.   

Please note that the three tours will be conducted via the Zoom platform. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the tour. Be sure to check your spam folder if you think you have not received it. Latecomers will not be admitted.
The Civic Council is grateful to the Historic Districts Council for its financial and technical support of PSCC’s efforts to extend protection to Park Slope’s architecturally and historically significant buildings. We salute HDC on its 50th anniversary as the voice for neighborhood preservation in New York City.
  • Posted on Nov 30, 2020 by Park Slope Civic Council
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