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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

James F. Ransom, 10th Street Builder

The Brooklyn Eagle of April 27, 1889 carried news of a row of 7 small, two-story-over basement, 16' wide houses to be erected in 10th Street, near 8th Avenue, by builder J. F. Ransom:

Brooklyn Eagle, April 27, 1889, p. 1 ("Within Three")

Just such a row of 7 houses stands today at 606-618 10th Street, on the south side of the block between 7th & 8th Avenues, just below 8th:

616-618 10th Street
James F. Ransom, builder - 1889

J. F. Ransom's name also appears in the Park Slope Historic District Designation Report. It was he who built #22-24 Fiske Place, a pair of neo-Grec apartment houses; and he also built #676-682 10th Street, in the park block, which the Designation Report describes as "perfect examples of the neo-Grec style." The description also fits our subject row of 7 houses below 8th Avenue:

606 10th Street
James F. Ransom, builder - 1889

Our research has uncovered several other groups of buildings associated with J. F. Ransom, whose first name is given as James in at least one citation. The 1897 Lain's Brooklyn Directory lists a James F. Ransom, builder, in residence at 918 8th Avenue, around the corner:

RANSOM Jas. F. bldr. h 918 8th av

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