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NEW YORK — Are you jonesing for a look into some of the city’s most unique, usually inaccessible spaces? If so, mark your calendars for the Open House New York weekend.
The annual event, which provides a look at architecture and design throughout the five boroughs, has been scheduled for Oct. 15 and 16. (A similar, favorite event of mine was the Clinton Hill House Tour in Brooklyn earlier this year.)
The organization describes its programs as “built on the foundation that urban development and the built-environment have a tremendous impact on society and our daily lives. OHNY’s six core programs address New York City’s architecture and design and showcase access to spaces typically removed from the public realm. “
The full list of programs will be announced Oct. 5.
Jessica and Doug Warren’s lovely generosity was on full display last Friday, as they hosted a reception at their magnificent brownstone on Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill.
Among the guests were several volunteers who had helped hang the show earlier in the day, a winemaker from Palmer Vineyards, a Bravo food and wine expert and various other great down-to-Earth folks.
The best part, of course, was simply being invited.
A casual vibe, a variety of comfort food, plentiful drinks — amid an interior that does not stop inspiring — contributed to a fantastic evening.
Dancing in the living room marked the latter part of the night when Doug made choice selections from his vintage record collection, which included classic tracks from David Bowie, Rolling Stones, et cetera, along with “White Lines (Don’t Do It),” the seminal dance track from the early 1980s.
I have never heard vinyl sound so good.
Although I have written previously about the first time I set foot in the 12,000-square-foot mansion and some of the renovation’s back story I stumbled across one afternoon, actually visiting the beautiful home was a completely different experience — and one I won’t soon forget.
The 2011 Clinton Hill House Tour, which took place this past Sunday in Brooklyn, offered up a peek into some of the most interesting homes in this 19th century neighborhood.
A perfect spring day drew throngs of participants, and some homes on the tour had visitors lining up to get a look at the otherwise off-limits private residences.
Most of the homes were stunning, they were all compelling and yet one stood out by far.
The home of Pfizer co-founder, Charles Eberhart’s daughter Fanny and her husband Rudolf Erbsloh,
Pfizer Mansion, located at 280 Washington Avenue, is one of two adjoining Queen Anne Style homes that were built in 1887. According to literature provided to tour-goers by The Society for Clinton Hill, the structures were designed “by Marshall J. Morrill for Charles Eberhardt, one of the co-founders of the Pfizer Company.
“The house is five stories high and a rather jaw-dropping 105 feet deep including the kitchen addition.”
The 12,000-square-foot home, lovingly restored by Doug and Jessica Warren (see her bathtub below), also features what is believed the oldest residential Otis elevator in New York.
There are hardly enough superlatives to describe adequately how beautiful this brownstone was.