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272 Berkeley Place

Built in 1886, this historic Brooklyn mansion has been owned for forty-five years by Everett and Evelyn Ortner, known as “The Couple Who Saved Park Slope” (NYT 4-25-04).  They were noted preservation activists and Evelyn was an interior designer specializing in period interiors.  This couple devoted their lives to brownstone preservation and brownstone living.  They moved into Park Slope when its brownstones were unfashionable and preservation was unpopular.  Through their efforts, the neighborhood has become one of the most desirable in Brooklyn and painstaking brownstone preservation has become de rigueur in Brooklyn.


Practicing what they preach, they have preserved and restored their own townhouse so that much of it is unchanged from its original state.  Original mahogany woodwork and gleaming original parquetry ornament almost every room.  The entire parlour floor is museum quality, and preserves souvenirs of the past such as original lincrusta wallcoverings, speaking tubes, and knickknack niches above the mantelpiece.  Original gas fixtures have been converted or saved, and the house is still heated by its original heating system.  They have preserved the historic inclinator for handicapped accessibility.  The inclinators in this house are possibly the oldest in the United States, dating from the first ever produced in the 1920s.

Price: $3,800,000








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