This “Berserk Eclectic” house on 111 Clarkson Avenue, off Bedford, was once a respectable Queen Anne house, with plenty of other houses in the area just as respectable. Over the decades, though, it slowly collapsed and crumbled into unrecognizability — although still inhabited.

Flatbush will lose just a bit of its spontaneity, though, when the house comes down in the near future and no doubt, something quite clean and conventional rises in its place. The house and plot have recently sold for over $2.6 million! What housing crisis!

Brownstoner has the story, as well as links to views of the interior and what the place looked like in 1978.


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  1. therealguyfaux says:

    Not exactly a “Winchester’s Mansion” (a famous Victorian house “run riot,” in San Jose, CA), but you hate to see any such unique bit of whimsy (grotesquerie?) just demolished like that.

    They don’t build ’em like that any more (and maybe they shouldn’t), but hey, a bit of our sense of randomness (for good or ill) in an homogenized world dies, when one part of our history is destroyed.

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  3. Tom says:

    Amazing interiors in that old house if they are still intact…..What a shame the former owner screwed up the exterior like he did… was a pretty nice looking place back in 1978.

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