Circle Tours

Montauk Club

The Conservancy was very pleased to offer Professional Circle members an exclusive tour of Francis Hatch Kimball’s 1889 Venetian Gothic style Montauk Club in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Barbara Kucy of Bone/Levine Architects lead the tour of the recently restored exterior, and Mary Brennan, Club historian, showed us the elegant and spacious public rooms. This extensive work has revitalized and secured the Club, Park’s Slope’s sumptuous mansion.

The 1889 Montauk Club is the oldest private club in New York City still operating in its original building commissioned by the club’s founding members. The upper floors are now a residential condominium, and the Club has space in the first and second stories. The picturesque Venetian Gothic style, which was inspired by John Ruskin’s Victorian Gothic aesthetic, appears in the lush detailing found on the facades, which also feature a number of Native American symbols connected with the Montauk tribe.

The free-standing Club was built with a variety of regional materials including Massachusetts brownstone and delicate terra cotta from Queens, as well as brick, clay tile roofing with copper sheet metal, and leaded stained-glass windows. Removal of a balcony in 1940 left severed iron armatures embedded in the walls; as the iron rusted, the surrounding masonry suffered substantial cracking. This comprehensive restoration treated unsafe conditions and waterproofing issues that compromised the building’s integrity and threatened architectural features: the glazed, unglazed, and polychrome terra cotta was repaired or replaced with compatible materials; the bricks cleaned, re-used, and repointed; and the roof has new tiles laid over an upgraded structural system. Always a visual treasure, the Montauk Club is once again a stunning and secure Park Slope mansion.

Click here to view photos from the tour. (photos courtesy of Steve Fisher)
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