Ever wonder about that mysterious mansion behind the gated driveway on Evans Street in Vinegar Hill?
It’s called the Commandant’s House. We looked up the address and it just lists as 24 Evans Street, the zip code is 11201.
In the neighbourhood that has been called Brooklyn Navy Yard by the presence, you guessed it, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Navy Hill or more frequently used, Vinegar Hill. You’ve got the Brooklyn Navy Yard projects and you’re within walking distance of DUMBO. With Vinegar Hill however, the housing is not built out of luxury converted industrial properties once owned by the Jehovah Witness’ organisation but brownstones and houses, quite like Fort Greene or Boerum Hill.
This mansion, the Commandant’s House stands out as the quaintest of landmark properties in Brooklyn. Privately owned since the 1997 by a neurobiology professor at Rockefeller University, it’s interiors in modern times continue to elude us. One can see beyond the gates the rather generous hot house attached to the main house. There is an apparent oval dining room said to be comparable to the Oval Office of the White House. Possibly designed by Charles Bulfinch, an actual architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, it is alternately called Quarters A, and titled the Commandant’s House for being the residence of the most known commandant, Commodore Matthew Perry, whom was commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1840’s. The mansion was built in 1806.
Vinegar Hill is a pure Brooklyn fantasy for those wanting to invade. As far back as 20 years ago it was attractive and remains so, quiet and slightly remote although the streets are completely lined with residences. It only covers a 5 city block radius and gets it’s name from a site of the Irish Rebellion, Vinegar Hill was purchased in 1800 and settled by Irish working-class immigrants. The residential architecture consists of brownstones and frame houses in either the Federal style or Greek Revival/Italianate styles. The likes of Robert Pattison were checking out the neighbourhood for a love nest with fianceé FKA twigs. A Brooklyn artists retreat!
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