The historic mansion at 272 Berkeley Place, owned and painstakingly maintained by the late Park Slope preservationists Everett and Evelyn Ortner, is up for sale. Stoop reader John Casson got in touch this morning to spread the news about the listing:
The open house at 272 Berkeley Place this Sunday should draw a large crowd. This is the house where the late Evelyn and Everett Ortner hosted receptions and dinners in their elegant Victorian parlor floor as part of their efforts to entice young couples to purchase brownstones in Park Slope and Brooklyn’s other historic neighborhoods, and to encourage bankers to mortgage these properties. The Ortners also were responsible for having a significant portion of Park Slope declared one of New York City’s first Historic Districts. Thanks in large part to their unflagging efforts, Park Slope was transformed from a neighborhood in decline to the viable community that it is today.
The house is on the market following Everett’s passing last year, at 92 years old. According to Brownstoner, the house– which the Ortners bought in 1963 for $32,000– maintains some of the original painted decoration, mahogany woodwork, and plaster details from as early as 1886. The rest of the layout isn’t entirely original:
The kitchen was moved upstairs and replaced by a ground-floor bedroom. The upstairs floors appear to have lost their pass-throughs (going by the floor plan). The house is configured with rentals in the front rooms of the top and third floors. The “printable feature sheet,” well worth reading, that accompanies the listing notes the house contains original gas fixtures (adapted for electricity), the original furnace (still working), and a “historic inclinator,” aka a small elevator for handicapped accessibility, dating from the 1920s.
The house is listed by Vandenberg for $4,800,000. You can take your own tour of the space at the open house this Sunday, September 22, from 12-2pm. And if you’re interested in dropping that cash, contact Cathy Connolly at (212) 769-2900.
Photos via Vandenberg