213E8thSt* 213 East 8th Street – is a turn-of-the-century limestone rowhouse built in the early days of the area’s promotion as the UK-inspired Kensington. Before the idea of a house was even imagined, the land was part of the extensive farmlands granted by Peter Stuyvesant to Brooklyn’s oldest established church, the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Flatbush. When the farms in Flatbush began to be sold off in the 1860s, speculators, investors, industrialists, and railroad men, with such names as Turner, Hinckley, and Lott, began to snap up the lots, multiple plots at a time. By 1906, the architectural renderings for a 2-family structure were filed with the Department of Buildings and the house – along with nine others on the block – was constructed and, subsequently, sold to its first owner.

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