Endangered Buildings Initiative

George Van Ness Residence

George Van Ness Residence
George Van Ness Residence

1000 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn


This handsome neo-classical residence is one of the most distinquished homes in the Ditmas Park Historic District. With a Roman Corinthian temple front on its fmain facade, the building stands out among its Colonial Revival and neo-Tudor neighbors. Designed in 1899 by George Palliser, the house was built as part of the turn-of-the-century development of Flatbush into suburban-style residential areas.

The building is perilously neglected, although it is apparently used by its owner, who purchased it in 1975. It has received a violation from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Neighborhood: Ditmas Park
Building use type: Single Family
Condition: Poor
Architect/Builder: George Palliser
Year built: 1899
Style: Colonial Revival
Predominant materials: Masonry
NYC Designation Status: Historic District
National Designation Status:
Lot width: 60
Lot depth: 131
Building width: 40
Building depth: 47
Zoning: R1-2

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