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To make the case for expanding the Park Slope Historic District

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mirror Images

These two buildings, one in Fifth Street and one in Seventh Street, are mirror images of each other. They are early apartment houses, with one apartment per floor (4-family "flats"). They are distinguished by the 3-sided bay window on the upper floors, above a recessed doorway behind a single pillar, and a very extravagant window enframement on the second floor. Neither building stands within the current Park Slope Historic District.

400 Fifth Street - unprotected

According to the 1897 Lain's Brooklyn directory, the residents of 400 Fifth Street included:

MOREY Edmund mer. h 400 5th
STAUDINGER Augustus L. salesman h 400 5th
WILLCOCK Mark C. salesman h 400 5th

397 Seventh Street - unprotected

The 1897 Lain's lists the following residents of 397 Seventh Street:

HITCHCOCK Nelson H. h 397 7th
MEHRTENS John H. police h 397 7th
MEHRTENS Martin h 397 7th
MUGFORD harry clk. h 397 7th
WAGNER Edw'd O. engraver h 397 7th

By 1902, one of the apartments at 397 Seventh Street had been vacated and was listed for rent in the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. Rent was $24/month.

Brooklyn Eagle, April 20, 1902

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