Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #63

278 Clinton Avenue

Architect: Unknown
Style: Baroque Revival
Use: Residential
Opened: c. 1884
Borough: Brooklyn

Now divided into seven units, this 3-room mansion in Clinton Hill was built for the 19th-century chemist Behrend H. Huttman. Alas, virtually nothing else is known about this brick and terra cotta gem that graces the block where Standard Oil partner Charles Pratt was once a neighbor. But its angular turret and columned porch speak for themselves, as does its most recent $10-million price tag. And for all this mystery of the house’s past, its position in a Landmark Historic District assures its future.


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