Alice & Agate Courts Proposed for LPC Designation


Ocean on the Park isn't the only micro-district up for discussion at the Landmark Preservation Commission tomorrow. While the 12-house row in Prospect Lefferts Gardens will hopefully be deemed worthy of getting placed on the LPC's calendar, another long-overlooked but worthy cluster of old houses is up for designation. The commission will hear and vote on whether to award landmark status to the Alice and Agate Courts Historic District, two adjacent cul-de-sacs to the north of Atlantic Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant. (Click on the photos for larger view.) According to a NY Times article, both were designed by the architect Walter M. Coots and developed by by the Swiss-born Florian Grosjean in the late 1880s. The landmarking effort shifted into high gear when a developer named Shlomo Menashe bought a property that backs up onto Agate Court and tried to build a new three-family house; luckily his plans were not approved by the Department of Buildings but it was enough to scare the community into action. Let's hope LPC green-lights the designation tomorrow!
Agenda 2/10/09 [Landmarks Preservation Commission]
New Bed-Stuy Historic District in the Offing [Brownstoner]
Photos by the Municipal Art Society

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