Before & After: 221 MacDonough Street

Once a prestigious educational institution for prominent Brooklyn families, this fine home now serves as a light-filled, contemporary single-family home on one of Stuyvesant Height’s prettiest blocks.

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Located within the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, 221 MacDonough Street stands at the westernmost edge of a row of 14 uniform brownstones that stretch nearly the entire block between Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Lewis Avenue. Constructed in 1872 by Curtis L. North, a notable developer of the era, these houses are counted as the oldest masonry homes in the neighborhood.

They are each designed with typical Italianate features, including high stoops, rounded doorways and tall windows. Deep front gardens provide a comfortable setback from the street and add greenery to the abundant mature trees that dot this stretch of MacDonough. "These houses, with their balustered stoops and attractive front gardens, firmly establish the quality of this block," notes the historic district's designation report.

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