Freestanding woodframe houses are the “Easter eggs” of Brownstone Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, etc.) and they do stand out amidst the attached housing of these neighborhoods. This one, the 1854 ┬áJames and Lucy S. Elwell House, an Italianate-style villa at 70 Lefferts Place between Grand and Classon Avenues, had become an illegal hotel in its advancing years and was saved from the wreckers in 2006 when it was spared due to a listing as a New York City Landmark.

The building was up for sale for $2.5 million in May 2013.


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