After a 20-year effort by activists to reserve it from destruction, a rowhouse in Downtown Brooklyn acquired landmark standing Tuesday for its connection to the antislavery motion of the 1800s.
A unanimous vote by the Landmarks Preservation Fee has designated the home, at 227 Duffield Avenue, as traditionally essential. The designation prevents demolition of or alterations to the construction with out the fee’s approval.
It was simply such an try that received the marketing campaign to avoid wasting the property began. Town tried to make use of eminent area legal guidelines to grab and bulldoze the property, because it did others close by, to create space for a $15 million park. Lately, because the neighborhood has chosen to embrace its place in historical past, the area people board has renamed the world Abolitionist Place Park, however the metropolis has but to acknowledge it.
Town, for its half, appeared to have anticipated the ruling; renderings of the latest plans for what it calls Willoughby Sq. Park embody the 227 constructing. Park builders at the moment are going through one other roadblock; in January, the Public Design Fee tabled their proposal for a monument honoring Brooklyn abolitionists in order that the artist may accumulate extra enter from the neighborhood.
“I’m on cloud 9 proper now,” stated Shawné Lee, an proprietor of the property, in response to the information. Her household helped ignite the efforts to protect the constructing, as soon as owned by the abolitionists Harriet and Thomas Truesdell, that historians imagine was a cease on the Underground Railroad.