Building of the Day: 259-61 Cumberland Street

Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Row houses Address: 259-261 Cumberland Street Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues Neighborhood: Fort Greene Year Built: 1876 Architectural Style: Transitional Italianate/Neo-Grec Architect: Thomas H. Brush Other Buildings by Architect: Brush was more a builder than architect, with row houses and other buildings in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford. Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene Historic District (1978) The story: People become successful housing developers by getting the most out of a piece of property. Thomas H. Brush, who was the owner, architect and builder of these houses, and many others in Brooklyn, understood this well. He was in possession of a 25 foot plot of land on Cumberland Street between DeKalb and Lafayette Avenue in 1875, when Fort Greene was in the middle of a great building boom. He could have built a handsome 25 foot wide mansion on this lot,……

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