The 47th Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 starting at 12:00PM. On this year’s tour we have 7 homes and a delightful garden refreshment area.
What’s on the view for this year’s Tour:
- An 1899 townhouse that had fallen into significant disrepair has been brought back from the brink with a gut rehab. The owners envisioned creative re-use of several original features, including doors rehung in barn-door style over the new powder room and dish pantry.
- A 1925 brick neo-Colonial has a completely new kitchen done in an Art Deco style that would have been familiar to the original owners. The newly re-designed garden and bluestone patio are also on tour.
- A limestone townhouse displays a fascinating assortment of artifacts collected in wide travels, particularly in South East Asia. The peaceful coexistence of old and new is seen in the kitchen, where the fully functioning gas stove that ‘came with’ the house shares space with a newer model.
- In a brownstone townhouse with animal-themed décor, the original radiators have been painted black, giving them the effect of modern sculptures. The garden has been landscaped for entertaining with a terraced bluestone seating area, fire pit, and gas grill.
- A 1910 brownstone was recently renovated with a light but deliberate touch, displaying the spare aesthetic of its industrial designer owner. The original details were respected while creating a comfortable family home.
- A rental apartment in a former church parsonage shows how a couple with handyman skills got creative and built ‘fit-ins’ that maximize space, allowing them to display an assortment of family heirlooms.
- The varied collections of an artistic couple are displayed in their large co-op apartment: colorful pottery, bicycle parts, an arrangement of miniature chairs like their full-sized counterparts. Wherever you look there is something colorful to see.
Dorsey’s Art Gallery
This neighborhood institution is the oldest, continuously active, black-owned art gallery in New York City. You will see the current exhibit featuring the work of local artists and hear live music by a jazz guitarist.
To purchase on-line, visit this Eventbrite.com link.
To pick up your Tour Guidebook, present your printed Eventbrite ticket any time after 11:30AM on tour day at IX Cafe, 43 Lincoln Road, between Ocean & Flatbush Avenues. (Online ticket sales close 11:59PM Saturday, May 6.)
In-person Advance Ticket Sales (Saturday April 1 – Saturday May 6, $25/person)
Advance tickets may also be purchased for $25 in person at participating local merchants through Saturday, May 6, 2017.
3/29/2017 Note: The complete list of participating merchants will be listed here in the coming weeks, as soon as it is available. Please check back here for updates.
Make a Day of It
Spend the day if you are coming to Prospect Lefferts Gardens for the House Tour! Our community got its name from our good neighbors. Our western edge is Prospect Park—home of the 1912 Carousel, Lakeside Center, the Audubon Center at the Boathouse, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Lefferts Historic House.
Immediately to the north is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which will be in bloom, and farther north are the Brooklyn Museum and the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. PLG is at the heart of the best that Brooklyn has to offer. So come for the tour, but spend the day!
We Need Your Help
It takes the coordinated efforts of many volunteers to help make this event a success. We hope you can help by being a tour guide* and/or contributing food for the refreshment area.
If you live in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and are interested in volunteering to be a tour guide, contribute refreshments, or otherwise help with the House Tour, please contact the House Tour team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Tour guides are assigned to a house, usually one per floor, and help supervise and guide the visitors. They work one of 2 shifts, either 12:00-2:30 or 2:30-5:00.
In exchange for 2 ½ hours of their time, tour guides receive free tour tickets. Although the tour closes to the general public at 5PM, there will be an extra hour from 5PM to 6PM for guides to see the houses.