Crown Heights South, Part 2 with Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey
Crown Heights South, Part 2, led by Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey, takes us to the eastern side of the neighborhood, concentrating more on residential architecture and history. Encouraged by the new subway lines, residential developers began building entire blocks at a time, filling them with a wide variety of styles representing row house architecture of the early 20th century. Prominent Brooklyn architects such as Montrose W. Morris, Axel Hedman, J. L. Brush and Slee and Bryson designed one and two family houses in the Revival styles of the day: Renaissance, Colonial, Flemish, Tudor and more.
General prosperity and the proximity of local hospitals led to President Street's "Doctor's Row," a magnificent collection of detached and semi-detached mansions designed primarily for affluent Jewish American professionals. These were followed in the 1920s by large attractive apartment buildings across the district, built by many of the same architects and developers for a growing second and third generation of new Americans.
Crown Heights South was one of the last of Brooklyn's row house neighborhoods to be developed. It represents the best of the grandeur of the late 19th century's institutions and rowhouse blocks, as well as the innovative changes made when the automobile changed the lives of everyone in the city. We hope you already joined us for Part 1 in June to get the complete picture of this unique neighborhood. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.
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