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Thursday, May 6, 2010


One of our favorite 7th Avenue buildings is the "Annandale", on the northeast corner of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street, built of light-colored brick with handsome brownstone trim and corner quoins. The building's warm yellow brick seems to glow in the late afternoon sun:

Annandale Apartments, 7th Avenue & 3rd Street, Park Slope
L. Anderson, architect - 1892

To reach the upper-floor flats, one enters a door behind a Romanesque archway off 7th Avenue. The entrance behind the arch is lined with what appear to be original half-height wooden panels, which make for an altogether extremely handsome doorway:

Annandale Apartments - detail

According to the American Architect and Building News, the apartment house was constructed in 1892-93 to plans by architect L. Anderson; the owners are listed as "Gold, Nicoll, & Anderson":

"Building Intelligence; Houses; Brookly n, N. Y.," AABN vol. 38, no. 884 (Dec. 3, 1892): p. 7.
– "Third St., n e cor. Seventh Ave., five-st’y brick store and dwell., tin roof; cost, $16,000; owners, Gold, Nicoll & Anderson, Third St. and Third Ave.; architect, L. Anderson, 33 Cornelia St."

Andersons (as both developer, and architect) are also associated with the adjacent row of four brownstones in 3rd Street, also built in 1892.

"Building Intelligence; Houses; Brooklyn, N. Y.," AABN vol. 36, no. 858 (Jun. 4, 1892): p. 3.
– "Third St., n s, 29' e Seventh Ave., 4 three-st’y brick dwells., tin roofs; cost, $6,000 each; owner and builder, Julius Anderson; architect, Lewis Anderson."

One wonders: could "Lewis Anderson," architect of the adjacent row of 4 townhouses in 3rd Street, be the same architect ("L. Anderson") who designed the corner apartment house at 7th Avenue, which was constructed around the same time? It seems highly likely to us.

1 comment:

ChickenUnderwear said...

I walk by all the time. I wonder if it has an elevator?