Renaissance Apartments

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

140-44 Hancock Street

ARCHITECT: Montrose W. Morris

DATE: 1892

STYLE: French Renaissance Chateaux

Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn French Renaissance Chateaux

The Renaissance Apartments were commissioned by Louis F. Seitz, a local realtor, in 1892 and designed by the noted Brooklyn architect, Montrose W. Morris. The Renaissance is one of a number of commissions Morris executed for Seitz. The Renaissance’s design was inspired by the 16th-century chateaux of Renaissance France and executed in a skillful combination of buff Roman brick, terra cotta, metal and slate.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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