Howard E. and Jessie Jones House (8200 Narrows Avenue House)

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

8200 Narrows Avenue

ARCHITECT: James Sarsfield Kennedy

DATE: 1917

Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Designated March 8, 1988

This distinctive residence, an important and rare example of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture in New York City, was designed in 1917 by James Sarsfield Kennedy, a Brooklyn architect, for shipping merchant Howard E. Jones. The Jones residence is built in rubblework of large, natural rocks and boulders of various colors. Select ground-floor openings are partially filled with stucco finish applied in heavy fan swirls demonstrating the handmade aspects of the house. The varying heights of the house step up to the massive end-wall chimney, and the asphalt shingle roof is rendered with an undulating surface and smooth molded edges in imitation of the thatch roofs of early rural cottages.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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