Designated November 24, 2006
The only-known freestanding, mid-nineteenth-century, wood country house remaining in northwestern Crown Heights, and the former home of a prominent figure in the neighborhood’s early history, the George B. and Susan Elkins House is a significant link to Crown Heights’ suburban past.
Constructed before 1869 on the former Lefferts farm, which had been subdivided into “1,600 desirable lots” in the 1850s, the Elkins House stands in striking contrast to surrounding brick and stone dwellings. It is a sparely ornamented country home displaying Greek Revival and Italianate influences and a strong kinship with cottage and villa designs published in the mid-nineteenth-century pattern books of Andrew Jackson Downing, Samuel Sloan, and Henry W. Cleaveland.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
The name “Crown Heights” was used starting around 1910 to describe the area south of Eastern Parkway. The area north of the parkway was called “Bedford” well into the 20th century, since the area was considered part of Bedford-Stuyvesant.Explore the Neighborhood >
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