The grandest mid-nineteenth-century house still standing in Southern Brooklyn, the Bennet-Farrell-Feldmann House is a rare and exceptionally intact Greek Revival style villa in New York City. Built for Joseph S. Bennet around 1847, and moved to its present location around 1913, it remains within the grounds of Bennet’s original estate. A five-baywide, two-and-one-half-story frame building, the house is sheathed in its original clapboards and features characteristic Greek Revival details such as columned front and rear porches, two-story comer pilasters, denticulated cornices, molded window surrounds, and a low attic story articulated as a crowning entablature. The house has passed through the hands of several owners. The colorful Farrell family, which occupied the house from 1890 to 1912, included James P. Farrell, a successful businessman and Tammany Hall politician, his daughter, Georgina, an early woman graduate of Pratt Institute, and son, Jack, a manager-promoter for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
Bay Ridge’s strong sense of individuality derives from the many historic layers of its built environment. Four centuries of development have resulted in great architectural diversity: farmhouses, mansions, main street storefronts, row houses, apartment buildings, religious institutions, schools, and theaters. Bay Ridge's development exploded at...Explore the Neighborhood >
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society
"HDC has begun a series of projects to highlight the Bronx's architectural and cultural history. From booklet's and research highlighting specific sites and historic districts to the HDC's symposium in October 2018 to the latest community-based committee to look into further possible sites to qualify for landmarking, the HDC has established projects that will serve the Bronx community well."
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Bronx Music Heritage Center, Co-Artistic Director
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