Brooklyn Structure: 236 President Avenue Carroll Gardens

This morning the Landmarks Preservation Commission marked two Carroll Gardens properties, the Hans S. Christian Memorial at 236 President and the pre-war home at 238 President Street.

“These two properties are architectural features and share a great history of education and social reform in Brooklyn,” said Frederick Bland, LPC vice chairman, in a press release.

The Hans S. Christian Memorial at 236 President Street was designed by architects Hough & Deuell in 1897. It was commissioned by Elmira E. Christian, who wanted to set up a kindergarten in honor of her husband, who had died three years earlier. In later years the building was used as a church until it was sold to the parents of the current owners in 1974.

238 President Street

Though separated by years, the two structures are complementary, with rococo-inspired details. The older building is Anglo-Italian and the later building, 236 President, is Beaux-Arts according to the designation report.

The latter property is currently on the market and is asking for $ 4.45 million. According to the blog Pardon Me For Asking, developer Avo Construction was reportedly commissioned to buy the house earlier this year and replace it with six stories of condominiums.

Locals rallied to save the structure, and even Joan Baez wrote a letter in support of the naming. Since then, the developers appear to have pulled out of a potential deal and a new broker has the listing.

At a public hearing in June, the only dissenting vote was the lawyer hired by the owners of 236 President. She said she had “serious problems and concerns” about the proposed land marking and alleged the commission had “incorrectly” submitted a number of factual errors.

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