Brooklyn Structure: Crown Heights’ Truslow Home restored

Crown Heights is full of architectural delights, but there is one particularly significant house on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Dean Street designed by the prolific Parfitt Brothers, a prominent Brooklyn architectural firm best known for its original Queen Anne style work is.

A stroll past the John and Elizabeth Truslow House at 96 Brooklyn Avenue shows that the once neglected structure is shining again after an exterior restoration.

Located on the corner of Dean Street and Brooklyn Avenue, the rich red bricks, brownstone moldings, contrasting green-painted details and unusual square bay windows add to the picturesque drama of the house.

Brooklyn Architecture Parfitt Brothers Crown Heights 96 Brooklyn Avenue

After years of delays and uncertainties, the restoration began in 2013 and was completed in September with the final occupancy of the building.

Brooklyn Architecture Parfitt Brothers Crown Heights 96 Brooklyn Avenue

Affordable housing developers NIA JV LLC and ELH MGMT LLC restored the exterior and converted it into eight affordable rental apartments.

Brooklyn Architecture Parfitt Brothers Crown Heights 96 Brooklyn Avenue

The restoration also seems to have included the small garage from the 1950s – at the same time the house was expanded to include the rear annex.

Brooklyn Architecture Parfitt Brothers Crown Heights 96 Brooklyn Avenue

[Photos by Susan De Vries]

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