The architectural structure of Lefferts Manor as a rowhouse neighborhood has survived virtually unchanged since the time of its development. By 1899 four houses were built and sold. 507 homes were constructed between 1905 and 1922. The final three houses were built on Maple Street in 1952.
Every effort was made to distinguish Lefferts Manor houses from the monotony of identical rowhouses that marked so many city neighborhoods. Architecture in the Manor derives it attractiveness and vibrancy from the juxtaposition of disparate styles. Even houses within a row differ in ornament and detail. Brick, brownstone, and limestone were used in different combinations and colors to create contrast.
Lefferts Manor received landmark designation from New York City in 1979. In 1992, it was added to the state and federal registers as an historic site.
Neo-Tudor rowhouses on Rutland Road, built 1914-15. Although a common style for freestanding frame dwellings the neo-Tudor was not commonly used for rowhouses. Note the rhythm of the alternating flat-arched and rounded doorways and windows, and the angular oriels (bays).
Architectural features and history are described in more detail in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District Designation Report, 1979, Photographs by Andrew Strawcutter and Linda Eber.