This massive, handsome home is rich with history and architectural flourishes. The original owner, Charles Stilwell, was an inventor and associate of Thomas Edison, in fact his sister married Edison. The house still features a decorative Gothic initial 'S' on the exterior chimney. Enter the house from the wrap around front porch, through the arched doubled doors, into a remarkable foyer that soars three stories high. A grand triptych of stained glass windows flanks the stairwell with a cozy inglenook at the base. The foyer, living room, library, and formal dining room are loaded with period details: bays, built-ins, fancy millwork, stained glass, original floors and trim, seating nooks, and four of the home's eight wood burning fireplaces. A rat-pack worthy wet bar, powder room, butler's pantry to the back stair, eat-in kitchen and enclosed sun porch complete the first floor. Five bedrooms, three full baths, and two shaving sinks are on the second floor. There is also a dainty boudoir with a Juliet window overlooking the foyer and several large versatile closets on the landing. On the third floor, a billiard room stretches the full width of the house, the landing features a large walk in closet and hundreds of square feet of unfinished attic space for storage or a new and creative purpose. Laundry, half bath, exercise space, bar, rec room and more storage are found in the full finished basement. The oversized 70 x 164 lot allows a double wide driveway for side by side parking; a gated rear yard with a stone patio and large lawn area; magnificent mature trees; and perhaps the loveliest outbuilding in Brooklyn, a stunning two-story Tudor carriage house, the interior of which is completely clad in original beadboard. If you've been waiting for something special, this architecturally and historically significant home is one of Prospect Park South's most important properties.
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