Sterling Place

Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue

North Side

11-13 Sterling Place

“Buildings Projected - Kings County,” RERBG June 30, 1888, p. 852:

1167- Sterling pl, n s, 85.10 e 5th av, one five-story brick factory, 58 and 67.6x85, tin roof, iron cornice; cost, $25,000; Wm. Lane, 123-127 5th av; ar’t, W. M. Coots; b’rs, Assip & Buckley.

“Out Among the Builders - Brooklyn,” RERBG February 25, 1888, p. 243:

Walter M. Coots is preparing plans for a five-story brick, stone, and terra cotta factory 59x85, to be built on the north side of Sterling place, 85 east of 5th avenue, for Wm. Lane, to cost $20,000...

"Building Intelligence; Factories; Brooklyn, N. Y.," AABN vol. 24, no. 655 (Jul. 14, 1888): p. xvii.

– "Sterling Pl., n s, 85' 10" e Fifth Ave., five-st’y brick factory, tin roof; cost, $25,000; owner, Wm. Lane, 123-127 Fifth Ave.; architect, W. M. Coots; builders, Assip & Buckley."

DOB file: New Building permit #430, June 25, 1888; owner, William Lane; architect, Walter M. Coots; mason, Assip & Buckley.

17-21 Sterling Place

“Buildings. Projected, Brooklyn,” RERBG v. 16, n. 392 (September 18, 1875), p. 624:

Stirling pl, n. s., e of 5th av, three four-story brown stone tenements, 20x60; owner and builder, Patrick Mulledy, 576 Quincy st; architect, Parfitt Bros.

23 Sterling Place

“Buildings. Projected, Brooklyn,” RERBG v. 14, n. 348 (November 14, 1874), p. 340:

Sterling pl, n. s., 485 w 6th av, one four-story brick tenement, 20x51; owner and builder, Thomas Phelan, 207 Evergreen st.

These houses appear on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

DOB files: earliest records are for mid-20th c. alterations.

25-45 Sterling Place

These houses appear on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

DOB files: earliest records are for mid-20th c. alterations.

45 Sterling Place

DOB file: Building alteration permit #6065, July 27, 1909, for 2-story rear addition, conversion from 1-family to sisters' residence, and cut a pass-through to the adjacent school building. Albert E. Parfitt, architect.

St. Augustine's School

“Projected Buildings,” RERBG February 29, 1908, p. 190:

260- Sterling pl, n s, 265.5 w 6th av, 3-sty brk school, 18.8x41.3, tile roof; cost, $150,000; St Augustine R C Church, on premises; ar't, A E Parfitt, 26 Court st.

South Side

12-16 Sterling Place

"Buildings Projected - Kings County," RERBG vol. 44, no. 1117 (August 10, 1889): p. 1122.

- 1756 - Sterling pl, s s, 100 e 5th av, three three-story brick flats, 18x45, tin roofs, wooden cornices; cost, each, $4,500; ow'r, ar't, and b'r, L. Bonert, on premises.

DOB files confirm the above.

18-50 Sterling Place

These houses appear on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

DOB files not found, or only mid-20th c. alterations.

52-62 Sterling Place

"Building Intelligence; Brooklyn," AABN vol. 13, no. 387 (May 26, 1883): p. 251.

– "Sterling Pl., s s, 100' w Sixth Ave., 6 three-st’y brownstone front dwells., gravel roofs; cost, each, $8,000; owner, Henry Lansdell, Ninth St., cor. Fifth Ave.; architect, C. B. Sheldon."

“Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG v. 31, n. 792 (May 19, 1883), p. 369:

508- Sterling pl, n s, 100 w 6th av, six three-story brown stone dwellings, 18.2x45, gravel roofs, wooden cornices; cost, each, $8,000; owner, Henry Lansdell, 9th st and 5th av; architect, C. B. Sheldon.

64 Sterling Place

DOB file: New Building application #4845, July 5, 1916; owner, Herman A. Hirschkowitz; architect, Frederick L. Hine.

Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue

North Side

79 Sterling Place

“New Buildings,” RERBG v. 53, n. 1371 (June 23, 1894), p. 1046:

806- Sterling pl, No 79, n s, 71 e 6th av, one 2-sty brk store and dwell’g, 20x24, tin roof, iron cornice; cost, $900; John Cunningham, 46th st near 5th av; ar’t, P B Maryatt.

81 Sterling Place

"Building Intelligence; Brooklyn," AABN vol. 11, no. 325 (Mar. 18, 1882): p. 132.

– "Sterling Pl., n s, 100' e Sixth Ave., two-st’y brown-stone dwell.; cost, $6,000; owner, architect and builder, John Cunningham, 133 Sixth Ave."

Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG v. 29, n. 730 (March 11, 1882), p. 235:

Plan 145 – Sterling pl, n s, 100 e 6th av, one two-story brown stone dwell’g, 17.6x40, tin roof, wooden cornice; cost, $6,000; owner, architect and builder, John Cunningham, 188 6th av.

Buildings Projected, Brooklyn, N. Y.,” RERBG March 31, 1877, p. 254:

Sterling pl, n. s., 104.7 e 6th av, one three-story brown stone dwelling, 20x40; owner, John Cunningham.

83 Sterling Place

This house appears on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

85 Sterling Place

A frame house appears at this location on the "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

89-93 Sterling Place

“Buildings. Projected. Brooklyn,” RERBG v. 17, n. 429 (June 3, 1876), p.445:

Sterling pl, n s, 174 e 6th av, three three-story brown stone dwellings, 20x40; owner, John Magilligan.

95-97 Sterling Place

Buildings Projected, Brooklyn, N. Y.,” RERBG June 21, 1879, p. 519:

Plan 444- Sterling pl, n s, 234 e 6th av, two two-and-one-half-story brown stone dwell'gs, 20x40, tin roof; owner, Mary Magilligan; architect and builder, John Magilligan.

These 5 houses appear on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

99-107 Sterling Place

"Building Intelligence; Houses; Brooklyn, N. Y.," AABN vol. 20, no. 561 (Sept. 25, 1886): p. xi.

– "Sterling Pl., n s, 274' e Sixth Ave., 5 two-st’y brown-stone and brick dwells., tin roofs; cost, $30,000; owner and architect, J. Taffe, 1136 Herkimer St."

Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG September 18, 1886, p. 1166:

1343- Sterling pl, n s, 274 e 6th av, five two-story brown stone and brick dwell'gs, 16.8x45, tin roofs, wooden cornices; cost, $30,000; ow'r and ar't, John Taaffe, 1136 Herkimer st.

On Sterling place, east of Sixth avenue, Mr. John Taaffe is about to build five brown stone front private residences, 16.8x45, two story, basement, and attic, to cost $30,000. -Brooklyn Eagle, September 17, 1886, p. 4 ("Improvement").

109 Sterling Place

Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG October 23, 1886, p. 1316:

1608- Sterling pl, n s, 297 e 6th av, one three-story brown stone tenem't, 17x45, tin roof, wooden cornice; cost, $6,000; ow'r, ar't, and c'r, John Taaffe, 1136 Herkimer st; m'n, M. Reynolds.

On Sterling place, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, Mr. John Taafe is building a three story brick house, 17x45, for three families, to cost $6,000. -Brooklyn Eagle, October 22, 1886, p. 2 ("$154,933").

113 Sterling Place

"Building Intelligence; Brooklyn," AABN vol. 12, no. 353 (Sept. 30, 1882): p. 163.

– "Sterling Pl., n s, abt. 350' w Seventh Ave., 2 three-st’y brick stables; cost, each, $4,000; owners, John Francis and Norman L. Munro, Seventh Ave. and Lincoln Pl.; builder, J. B. Stringham."

Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG v. 30, n. 758 (September 23, 1882), p. 885:

828– Sterling pl, n s, abt 350 w 7th av, two two story brick stables, 20x85, tin roof, wooden cornice; cost, each, $4,000; owners, John Francis and Norman L. Munro, 7th av and Lincoln pl; builder, J. B. Stringham.

117 Sterling Place

“Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG v. 31, n. 789 (April 28, 1883), p. 304:

399- Sterling pl, n s, 235.5 w 7th av, one three-story brick stable, 56.4x98.6, tin roof, wooden cornice; cost, $21,500; owner, Norman L. Munro, 57 7th av; architect, A. Stringham; builders, H. D. and W. A. Southard.

“Alterations - Kings County,” RERBG July 23, 1892, p. 132:

Plan 663- Sterling pl, Nos. 117, 119 and 121, dig cellars, also add one story; cost, $4,500; Mrs. Rogers, 90 Park Place; ar’ts, I. D. Reynolds & Son; b’rs, P. J. Carlin & Son.

121 Sterling Place

Formerly:

"Building Intelligence; Brooklyn," AABN vol. 13, no. 384 (May205, 1883): p. 215.

– "Sterling Pl., n s, 235' 5" w Seventh Ave., three-st’y brick stable, tin roof; cost, $21,500; owner, Norman L. Munro, 57 Seventh Ave.; architect, A. Stringham; builders, H. D & W. A Southaed."

South Side

80 Sterling Place

This stable, or a previous building on the site, appears on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.

82-92 Sterling Place

"Building Intelligence; Brooklyn," AABN vol. 12, no. 344 (Jul. 29, 1882): p. 55.

– "Sterling Pl., s s, 104' 7" e Sixth Ave., 6 four-st’y brownstone tenements; cost, each, $4,500; owner, architect and builder, G. W. Brown, 728 Fulton St."

“Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG v. 30, n. 749 (July 22, 1882), p. 717:

642- Sterling pl, s s, 104.7 e 6th av, six four-story brown stone tenem’ts, 20x58, gravel roof, wooden cornices; cost, each, $4,500; owner, architect and builder, G. W. Brown, 728 Fulton st.

On the corner of Sterling place and Sixth avenue there are four sets of brown stone flats, which will soon be ready for habitation.  Mr. G. W. Brown is the owner and builder.  -Brooklyn Eagle, November 07, 1882, p. 1 ("Homes").

DOB files match the above details. New Building permit #256(642), July 19, 1882, for 6 buildings. G. W. Brown, owner/architect/builder.

96 Sterling Place

“Projected Buildings, Brooklyn, Tenements.” RERBG April 8, 1911, p. 330:

Sterling pl, s s, 224.7 e 6th av, 5-sty brick tenement, 49.10x87, tar and gravel roof, 25 families; cost, $30,000; owner, Gustaf A. Johnson Bldg Co., 1703 79th st; architects, Slee & Bryson, 153 Montague st. Plan No. 1747.

100 Sterling Place

Formerly:

"Building Intelligence; Stables; Brooklyn, N. Y.," AABN vol. 56, no. 1117 (May 22, 1897): p. xiii.

– "Sterling Pl., s s, 235' w 7th Ave., 3 brick buildings, four-st’y dwell., 50' x 56', three-st’y stable, 30' x 100', one-st’y shed, 68' x 120', slag, felt and tar roofs; $35,000; own., N. Y. Condensed Milk Co., 71 Hudson St.; arch., G. H. Chamberlin, 1181 Broadway, New York City."

A nearly identical listing appears in the RERBG v. 59, no. 1521 (May 8, 1897), p. 818; permit #677.  See also Alteration #738, same issue.

“Buildings. Projected. Brooklyn,” RERBG v. 18, n. 439 (August 12, 1876), p. 618:

Sterling pl, s s, 374 e. 6th av, one two-story brick stable, 50x30; owner, Borden Condensed Milk Co.; architect, &c., J. P. Niblo.

Built 1990; replaced buildings once owned by the New York Condensed Milk Company.

Seventh Avenue to Flatbush Avenue

Unknown

“Buildings. Projected, Brooklyn,” RERBG v. 16, n. 401 (November 20, 1875), p. 757:

Sterling pl, s w Flatbush av, six four-story brown stone stores and flats, four 20x60, one 25x50, one 53x28, triangular; owner and builder, Patrick Williams, 231 Ryerson st; architect, M. J. Morrill.

South Side

Unknown

Buildings Projected, Kings County,” RERBG v. 40, n.         1009 (July 16, 1887), p. 974:

1249- Sterling pl, s s, 76 e 7th av, one three-story and basement brown stone dwell’g, 18.7x33, tin and slate mansard roof, wooden cornice; cost, $8,500; ow’r, &c., same as last [Charles M. Peed, Pierrepont House; ar’t, L. B. Valk; b’r, B. Linikin.

146 Sterling Place (HD)

HD Designation Report attributes the architect is Valk, who designed the corner building.  But our research says the architect is Amzi Hill:

“Buildings Projected - Kings County,” RERBG September 29, 1888, p. 1180:

1743- Sterling pl, s s, 92.6 e 7th av, one three-story and basement brick and brown stone dwell’g, 19.1x45, tin roof, wooden cornice; cost, $7,500; J. T. Smith; ar’t, A. Hill; b’r, E. F. Smith.

"Building Intelligence; Houses; Brooklyn, N. Y.," AABN vol. 24, no. 668 (Oct. 13, 1888): p. xvi.

– "Sterling Pl., s s, 92' 6" e Seventh Ave., three-st’y brownstone dwell., tin roof; cost, $7,500; owner, J. T. Smith; architect A. Hill; builder, E. F. Smith."

An elegant new residence built in the Romanesque style, 18.4x35, is about complete on Sterling Place, near Seventh avenue, south side.  It is rock faced in red stone, forming an arch over the parlors, with rough base, and small arch and square columns at the entrance, with balcony stoop.... [long description].  The owner is C. N. Peed; architect, Amzi Hill. -Brooklyn Eagle, March 24, 1889, p. 12 ("Flats and Other Houses").

148-150 Sterling Place

These two houses, part of a longer row, appear on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.  The others to the east (except #160) were demolished to make way for the Church of Christ, Scientist.

DOB folders: NB app missing.

152 Sterling Place – First Church of Christ, Scientist

Brooklyn Public Library has a 1937 photo online.

DOB folder: NB app missing; but the 1950 C/O cites “N.B. 6850/1936”.

Brooklyn Public Library photograph CHUR 0049 identifies this building as the Fourth Church of Christ Scientist.

Francis Morrone comments: “Yes. 1936. A. W. Laurie of Boston was the architect.”

160 Sterling Place

This house, part of a longer row, appears on the 1880 "Bromley" Brooklyn Atlas.  Part of the row was demolished to make way for the Church of Christ, Scientist.

DOB folder: NB app missing.

164-180 Sterling Place

“Projected Buildings,” RERBG October 20, 1906, p. 469:

3290- Sterling pl, s s, 244.7 e 7th av, five 4-sty brk tenements, 40x85.6, 8 families; total cost, $125,000; L Bonnert, 106 8th av; ar't, H Pohlman, 5th av and 49th st.

F.C. Edwards has sold to Louis Bonert Bader's roadhouse, at the intersection of the Park Circle, Ocean Parkway, and Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, for about $150,000.  The hotel, which is three stories high, stands on a plot of about twenty lots.  In exchange Mr. Bonert gave five four-story flats at 164 to 184 Sterling Place, near Flatbush Avenue. -New York Times, August 4, 1909, p. 10 ("In the Real Estate Field").

DOB folder for lot 19 (164 Sterling Place) contain NB app #3290, Oct. 9, 1906, for five 8-family dwellings; owner, Louis Bonnert [sic - Bonert]; architect, Henry Pohlmann, 5th Ave. & 49th St., Brooklyn.

184 Sterling Place (corner of Flatbush)

DOB folder contains NB app, no number, 1912[?], for “storage and dwelling”; owner, Peter Rauss, 549 Broadway, NY; architect, Gustave Eerda, 876 Manhattan Ave.

“Plans Filed for New Construction Work, Brooklyn, Stables and Garages,” RERBG June 15, 1912, p. 1310:

Sterling pl, s s, 0.11 w Flatbush av, 2-sty brick garage and dwelling, 36.10x55, tar and gravel roof, 2 families; cost, $18,000; owner, Peter W. Rouss, 549 Broadway, N.Y.; architect, Gustave Erda, 826 Manhattan av. Plan No. 3565.