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The Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part 2

Barbara Ann Rogers’s excellent series on Yahoo about the architects who built homes in PLC continues.

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part VI

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part VII

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part VIII

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part IX

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part X

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XI

Middleclass Architect Designs for the Rich

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XIV

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XV

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XVI

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XVII

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XVIII

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XIX

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XX

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part XXI

This article on the Sears Roebuck Building in Flatbush is also interesting.

Sears Roebuck Company Flatbush

The Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Barbara Ann Rogers has been posting a series of very intereting articles on Yahoo Local Flatbush about the architects who built homes in PLG.  They are well worth your time.

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part I

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part II

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part III

Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part IV

Lesser Known Architects of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Part V

Lefferts Farmhouse Second Floor Tours

Lefferts Farmhouse 2nd FloorProspect Park is offering the rare opportunity to visit the second floor of the Lefferts family’s farmhouse.  Tours are every half hour between 1 and 3:30 pm.  They are available this weekend and next weekend.  Guests will be able to view significant artifacts from 19th century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom.

A History of the Lefferts Family

The Lefferts farmhouse in Prospect ParkThe Brownstoner has been running a series of articles, by Montrose Morris, on the history of the Lefferts family in Brooklyn. Today she covers the Lefferts of Flatbush, the founders of Lefferts Manor. This is a highly informative series of articles and well worth your time.

Photo by Wally Gobetz via flickr

The Changing Face of Lefferts Manor 1983 – 1993 – Lefferts Farm Divided

Lefferts Farm Divided - Lefferts Manor CentennialJohn Lefferts died in 1895 marking a turning point in the transition of rural farm lands to suburban residences. Breaking with patrilineal traditions, he willed his property to his seven children who knew the value of the land was in cash, not crop production. Within six months of his death, his heirs carved the land into 600 lots for sale.

His son James envisioned developing a residential neighborhood of quality housing with an “aura of respectability.” Lefferts Manor was planned as a rowhouse neighborhood, affordable to the newly emerging middle class seeking suburban comfort away from the grime and drudgery of overcrowded Manhattan.

To ensure that the neighborhood developed along a path to his liking, James Lefferts attached a restrictive covenant to the deed of each lot requiring that, in perpetuity, housing be designed and used only as private one-family residences. The covenant would not permit commercial use of property, rooming houses, and multiple family dwellings, Lefferts specified that the homes be at least two stories, constructed of either stone or brick, and a minimum of 14 feet from the curb. They would cost a minimum of $5,000 to build — a substantial amount, yet still affordable to Brooklyn’s emerging middle class.

The covenant was a selling point in the late 1890s. The new middle class could feel relatively secure knowing that what they viewed as disruptive effects of tenements and boarding houses would be kept at bay by Lefferts’ restrictive covenant.

2-3 Story Modern Stone House Ad - Lefferts Manor centennial

Advertisement from The Erasmian — A Monthly Journal Of School Events
(From Erasmus Hall High School, c. 1901)

Typical Hallway - Lefferts Manor

Typical hallway in a Lefferts Manor home.
Since visitors were usually first received in the hall, Victorian architects drew eleborate designs for the decoration of hallways and central staircases.

Lefferts Subdivision 1898

1898 map of Flatbush showing Lefferts Subdivision with uniform, rectangular lots of 20 by 100 feet, with only a few rowhouses completed (shaded areas).

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