Offbeat Victorian house in Brooklyn slated to become rentals

111 Clarkson Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Brownstoner)
111 Clarkson Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Brownstoner)

A Brooklyn developer wants to tear down a battered, fantastical three-story Victorian house in Flatbush to build a 50-unit high-end rental building.

The 111-year-old Herman Raub-built brownstone at (coincidentally) 111 Clarkson Avenue sold last month for $2.68 million. The painted ceilings, stained glass windows and vast fireplaces remain unchanged. Although the house is not landmarked, preservationists were pushing for new development that would not require demolition. Adam Glassman of Glass Capital Ventures and Property Buyers Group brokered the deal.

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“The house could be salvaged but [would need] at least $1 million in rehab and financially it won’t make sense,” Glassman told Brownstoner. The identity of the developer is unknown. [Brownstoner]Mark Maurer