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.

Pratt Mansion

229 Clinton Avenue Clinton Hill Brooklyn







Pratt Library

200 Willoughby Avenue






Queen of All Saints Church

300 Vanderbilt Avenue


Clinton Hill Tour

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