Elegant. Graceful. Stately. 312 Lewis Avenue is all this and more. This four-story Late Romanesque Revival brownstone is bedecked in architectural details from top to bottom retaining just about every embellishment it was originally built with in 1890. Restored in 2019, layering on modern refineme...
Elegant. Graceful. Stately. 312 Lewis Avenue is all this and more. This four-story Late Romanesque Revival brownstone is bedecked in architectural details from top to bottom retaining just about every embellishment it was originally built with in 1890. Restored in 2019, layering on modern refinement and top-end finishes and all new electrical and plumbing systems including HVAC this restoration goes well below the surface.
This luxurious single-family home still remains true to the original 1890 floor plan designed by the esteemed architect Frederick B Langston. The double-parlor floor is now as it was when the first owner, Alfred E. Horn, (creator of the celebrated cut ale bung), entertained or met with business associates in the front parlor and relaxed with family in the more casual and private rear parlor. This kind of living space is simply not seen in homes that have strayed from their original single-family purpose. Imposing French doors open up from the impeccable foyer into the grand front parlor where an elaborate pier mirror is the stunning focal point of the room, supported by the original window and door moldings. A set of pocket doors lead into the rear parlor with a strikingly-carved and columned original mantle with overmirror. All woodwork is mahogany and beautifully tailored plaster ceilings are the icing on this architectural cake. A convenient powder room has been added without disturbing the original footprint.
The garden level incorporates the kitchen and dining room just as it did in 1890 with the addition of a full bath and laundry room. The dedicated dining room is a dinner-party-dream with waist-high mahogany wainscoting framing a tall, carved mantle with original tile and overmirror. Built-in cabinets grace one end of the room while oversized windows framed in original mahogany trim brighten the room with eastern light. The large eat-in kitchen features Carrara marble countertops, classic white cabinetry and high end appliances such as a Viking range, Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator and GE dishwasher. Walk out from the kitchen to the rear landscaped garden with a brick herringbone patio surrounded by mature bamboo for the ultimate in sophisticated privacy with easy upkeep.
The entire home is bright from the eastern and western exposures, but the upper two floors are especially light. Once you're able to extract yourself from the lower floors, explore the four large bedrooms plus two smaller rooms and three full baths. Each of the large bedrooms contains its own original mantel for a total of six mantels throughout the house. The primary bedroom is the full width of the house and features a lux ensuite bath. All three baths are uniquely modern with Victorian attitude, and invitingly renovated with subway tile, Kohler and Grohe fixtures. The third floor offers a second laundry closet for added convenience. Two-zoned HVAC system assures a comfortable night's sleep on even the hottest Brooklyn days.
312 Lewis Avenue is a timeless sanctuary with urban access, ideally located in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant in the original Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood. It's a short walk to the A/C lines down Lewis Avenue and a stone's throw from the best that Bed Stuy has to offer such as the Macon Public Library, Natty Garden, Saraghina, Peaches, Zaca Caf, Bar LunAtico, Bravi Ragazzi, the Michelin-reviewed L'Antagoniste, Mama Fox, Halsey Traders Market and many other establishments in burgeoning Bedford Stuyvesant.