The Secret Lives of Public Places
A series of tours highlighting some of the most
original and rarely-seen spaces in New York. The Secret Lives of
Public Places tours take attendees inside some of the most unique
and spectacular landmarked spaces in the city, both big and small,
to learn about their history and preservation.
Grand Institutions of Clinton Hill
Queen of All Saints Church, Pratt Library, Caroline
Ladd Pratt House
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn July 27, 2011, 5:30pm
Limited to 25 people
Travel to an era of opulence and craft in three
of Clinton Hill's turn-of-the-century structures! The Historic
Districts Council will lead a tour of Our Lady Queen of All Saints,
a soaring century-old parish church. The white stone gothic structure
styled after Paris' Sainte Chapelle features original woodwork
and rare four manual organ. Fourteen mosaic windows along the
nave portraying 260 biblical subjects were restored in the 1970s.
Original glass and iron ornamentation predating the Church remain
in tact at the Pratt Library. Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. designed
the interior of Brooklyn's first free library in 1896.
The Pratt Library stores an extensive collection
on visual arts and creative writing on its uniquely decorative
stacks and glass flooring. The tour concludes in the Caroline
Ladd Pratt House, now home to the president of Pratt Institute.
One of four mansions built by Charles Pratt for his sons, the
Caroline Ladd Pratt House's luxurious parlor rooms and second-floor
stained glass windows that are New York City treasures. Thomas
Schutte, the current resident and HDC advisor, will host a reception
generously provided by the Pratt Institute's Office of the President.
229 Clinton Avenue Clinton Hill
200 Willoughby Avenue
Queen of All Saints Church
300 Vanderbilt Avenue