Monday, December 1, 2008

The House on President Street

Christopher's Gray's Streetscapes column in the New York Times was dedicated last week to the house at 869 President St. in Park Slope, also known as the Woodford House, after its first owner Stewart Lyndon Woodford. The article relies heavily on information gathered from the old Brooklyn Eagle archives, and includes a lot of architectural detail on the "peculiar" house and its architect, Henry Ogden Avery.

Woodford held several political posts such as lieutenant governor, assistant US attorney and ambassador to Spain under President McKinley. The article neglects to mention that he was also a congressman representing Brooklyn , 1872-74, a detail found in the Park Slope Neighborhood History Guide released by the Brooklyn Historical Society this past summer.

That publication also clarifies that the reason the architect Avery left a small body of work was that he died at the young age of 38. His father was the art collector and dealer Samuel Putnam Avery, and after his son died he endowed Columbia University's architectural and fine arts library in his name.
* The picture above is from An Architectural Guide to Brooklyn by Francis Morrone

1 comment:

Bill said...

Cool House. Avery was obviously much influenced by Viollet-le-Duc while stuying in France at the Ecole des Beaux-Art. In New York worked for both Russell Sturgis, and Richard Morris Hunt. Not a bad Resume. I guess he had a hand in designing the base of the Statue of Liberty while in Hunt's office. Also not to shabby.