This impressive mansion in the American Round-Arched style was constructed for Catherina Lipsius and her family in 1889-90. They were the prosperous owners of the Claus Lipsius Brewing Company, one of the numerous German brewers in Bushwick, Brooklyn at the end of the 19th century. This elaborate American Round-Arched style house was designed by prominent Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhart, whose work was popular in this German immigrant community.
This house, constructed of red brick with stone and terra-cotta trim, features a dramatic, rounded corner tower that is a defining feature of the building. The high mansard roof creates a strong finishing statement for the two-and-one-half story building. The style combines elements from medieval and classical architecture; details from the latter can be seen in the formal columned stone portico at the entrance.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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