vestibule with black and white tile


It has a charming exterior with the early 20th century Colonial Revival details at which prolific Brooklyn architects Slee & Bryson excelled, and there are some original interior touches still to be found inside this Crown Heights house as well. Those details, like wood floors, built-ins, and wainscoting, could use some TLC, but the single-family has a generous amount of space including a rumpus room in the basement with a built-in bar.

At 1309 Carroll Street, the 20-foot-wide dwelling is one in a row of houses on the block designed by the architectural firm, with plans filed in 1913. The Slee & Bryson spin on a Federal style row house has a red brick front facade laid in a Flemish bond, splayed lintels, a bay window, and a heavily ornamented lintel above the door. All the houses in the row have front terraces.

While the still-extant original front door is covered by a storm door, most of the other elements appear as they do in the circa 1940 tax photo. At the time, the house would have been home to the Harvitt family, in residence from the 1920s to the 1950s. Daughter of the household Helene Harvitt was a professor at Brooklyn College and head of the Department of Romance Languages.

The interior details start at the entry with an original stair and wood floor with an inlaid border that extends through the living room and dining room as well. A wide doorway framed by Corinthian columns leads from the entry to the living room, where there is a window seat tucked into that front bay window, plaster details at the ceiling, a built-in china cupboard with glass doors, and a red-tiled fireplace.

In the adjoining dining room the popular details of the period are intact, including wainscoting, plate shelf, and a coffered ceiling.

A rear extension holds the kitchen and a toilet room as well as access to the rear yard. While the kitchen needs some work to bring in modern amenities, for an old house lover it includes a built-in hutch, tin ceiling, white subway tile on the walls, and a Deco-era sink cabinet.

Up the carpeted stairs are two floors of bedroom space. The front and rear bedrooms of the second floor are connected by a blue-painted passthrough with built-in closets and drawers, a mirrored medicine cabinet, and period pedestal sink. The smallest bedroom on the second floor has access to a terrace on top of the kitchen extension.

On the third floor is a larger rear terrace and two more bedrooms. Each bedroom floor has a full bath, one of which has a claw-foot tub.

A staircase from the kitchen provides access to the basement laundry room and another toilet room. The basement’s rumpus room or rec room, a mid-20th century addition to the house, has a nautical theme with some faux porthole windows on either side of the large built-in bar and a windowed spot underneath it for an aquarium. For an owner with the right retro bar collection, it certainly offers an opportunity. Articles about rumpus room decor first started appearing in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the 1930s with suggestions on how to outfit a room that was intended to be a space for noisy fun away from the rest of the household.

Outside, the rear yard has a paved pad for parking with a planting bed running along one side. A map of 1929 shows most of the houses along the row once had garages.

Listed by Corcoran’s Monique Walker and Jonah Ramu Cohen, the house is priced at $2 million. Open houses are planned on Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 from 12 to 1 p.m. Worth the ask?

[Listing: 1309 Carroll Street | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

vestibule with black and white tile

view from entry into front parlor with mantel

wallpaper and original stair with carpeting in entry hall

view from parlor through french doors into dining room with wainscoting

parlor with a tiled fireplace, plasterwork and a bay window

parlor with columns on either side of a doorway leading to the entry hall

parlor with built-ins and a bay window

parlor with a window seat

dining room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting

dining room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting

dining room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting

dining room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting

dining room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting

kitchen with tin ceiling and built-in cabinet

kitchen with tin ceiling and built-in cabinet

carpeted stair

bedroom with green wallpaper and wood floor

bedroom with green wallpaper and wood floor

passthrough with blue cabinets and a sink

passthrough with blue cabinets and a sink

passthrough with blue cabinets and a sink

bedroom with wood floor and radiator under window

bedroom with wood floors and ceiling fan

bedroom with wood floor and one window

bedrom with beige carpet

bedroom with green carpet

toilet room with gray tile and white toilet

bathroom with green wall tile

bathroom with claw foot tub and white tile on the walls

basement rumpus room with bar

view of laundry area with peg board walls and vintage sink

view of furnace and hot water heater

paved rear yard with a planting bed

paved rear yard with a planting bed along one side

red brick exterior of the Federal Revival style house

floor plan showing two floors of bedroom space with five bedrooms

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