280 Washington Avenue
The Pfizer Mansion
7 BEDS | 7.5 BATHS | 10,000 SQ FT | 5,000 SQFT LOT
A LUXURIOUS HISTORY
This five-story Queen Anne mansion was built in 1887 by Charles Erhart, a cousin and brother-in-law of Charles Pfizer and a co-founder of the family’s chemical company. After being occupied by Mr. Erhart’s daughter, it served as temporary offices for the Brooklyn Public Library, the Roman Catholic bishop’s residence, then as a Roman Catholic girls’ school. In 1991, Legion Davies, a rock musician, purchased this home and lived here with the bass player Paul Raven of the bands Killing Joke, Prong and Ministry.
In 2007, 280 Washington Avenue was purchased by the Warrens and floor-by-floor and it underwent a $5 million restoration to return it to conventional single-family residence. The meticulous renovation, led by Jessica Warren, of JP Warren Interiors and Neuhaus Design Architecture, saw artisans work by hand to restore intricate plaster moldings, yards of woodwork, the facades stonework, and more. One of the most notable features is the kitchen. Once a conservatory built by the Brooklyn Public Library, the Warrens had the curved room renovated and transformed into a magnificent chef's kitchen.
280 Washington Avenue is a block-through property sitting on a double lot, which allows it to have an extraordinary garden and private driveway. It is truly a one-in-a-million property with limitless potential for buyers looking for a dream home or institutions looking for a dynamic investment.