Designated March 24, 2015
The Crown Heights North III Historic District comprises more than 600 buildings, including single- and two-family row houses, flats buildings, and apartment houses primarily built from the 1870s to the 1930s. These buildings represent the wealth of architectural styles that flourished in Brooklyn during this period, including the Neo-Grec, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco styles.
The district also includes one of Brooklyn’s great houses of worship, the former Shaari Zedek Synagogue (Eisendrath & Horowitz, 1923-25) at the southeast corner of Kingston Avenue and Park Place, and the city’s earliest, most extensive, and most stylistically diverse collection of “Kinko” houses, remarkable two-family duplex houses that enjoyed a brief period of popularity in Brooklyn from 1905 to about 1913. Also noteworthy are the inviting residential enclaves of Revere, Hampton, and Virginia Places, consisting of picturesque well-preserved row houses grouped along short midblock streets.
On its west, this district adjoins the Crown Heights North and Crown Heights North II Historic Districts, designated in 2007 and 2011, which together contain more than 1,000 buildings of similar age, style, and type. The Crown Heights North III Historic District extends these districts eastward from Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues to Albany Avenue, ranging from the north side of Pacific Street southward eight blocks to Lincoln Place.
Although the Crown Heights North III Historic District has experienced many changes over its history, it remains a remarkably well-preserved testament to the quality of Brooklyn’s residential architecture at the turn of the 20th century, and is a worthy complement to the earlier designated Crown Heights North and Crown Heights North II Historic Districts.
STATUS Designated Historic District
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
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