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Monday, February 2, 2009

Introducing Cevedra Blake Sheldon

Today we introduce Cevedra Blake ("C. B.") Sheldon, a major developer in Park Slope history. It was Sheldon who erected the magnificent apartment house at the southeast corner of Seventh Avenue and President Street, just outside the boundary of the current Park Slope Historic District. The building was erected in 1888-89; the architect was J. G. Glover:

820 President Street - unprotected

The building is now known as "The Verona"; the name is carved on a stone panel beside the main entrance in President Street.

However, according to an early description of this elegant building in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the building was originally called "The Sheldon", after its owner:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 2, 1889, p. 4 ("New Flats")

Sheldon was a prolific builder in Park Slope and we will be seeing much more from him shortly. A few of his buildings are protected in the current Park Slope Historic District, but a great deal of his work lies outside the current boundaries.

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