Six to Celebrate Crow Hill Tour
Aug 18, 2022
August 18, 2022
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Crown Hill tour will showcase many of the unique buildings that make up this fast-changing neighborhood. Unlike the almost entirely residential Crown Heights North Historic District east of Nostrand Avenue, Crow Hill has a mixture of building types and functions The neighborhood is a continuation of fine rowhouse and flats buildings like its eastern neighbor, and is also home to an architecturally and historically significant brewery complex, buildings that contributed to Brooklyn’s Automobile Row of the early 20th century, and the large Jewish Hospital complex, now converted to housing, among other highlights. The two small blocks of St. Charles and St. Francis Place offer a sense of privacy and singular architecture, nestled in between busy Franklin and Bedford Avenues. Many of Brooklyn’s finest architects contributed to the building stock. Prolific architect George Poole Chappelle called St. Marks Avenue home, and was responsible not only for his own home, but several other houses on his block. Other architects include Peter J. Lauritzen and C.P.H. Gilbert, best known for his Park Slope and Manhattan mansions. Important houses of worship and education are also present, making Crow Hill a vital part of Brooklyn’s historic and significant landscape. It is also one of the area’s most sought after neighborhoods for new development, thanks in part to its proximity to Prospect Park and public transportation. Valuable contributing buildings have already fallen to new development. It is important that we save that which made the neighborhood so desirable in the first place – it’s historic streetscape.