In NYC real estate, the term “pre-war building“usually refers to structures built before World War II. In the case of the Wyckoff-Bennett estate, it extends slightly before that – before the Revolutionary War, exactly! This historic Brooklyn home was built in 1766, full 10 years before The United States was even the United States. And guess what? It’s for sale!
The History of the Wyckoff-Bennett Estate
This is a true “Dutch colonial” quite literally. The Wyckoff-Bennett estate was built in 1766 by Dutch resident Hendrick H. Wyckoff, according to the New York Times, whose family arrived in New Amsterdam a century earlier in 1664. The 4,000-square-foot country house and its surrounding land – 100 acres at the time! – was sold to Cornelius W. Bennett in 1835. It was marked by the city in 1968 and designated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It remained in the Bennett family until the 1980s.
The current owners, the Mont family, bought it in 1983 and are only the third family to own this slice of NYC history. They have preserved the treasure of antiques and artifacts they have found inside through the years intact. Historical graffiti – the names and army units of two Hessian mercenaries that lay there during the Revolution, scraped into window panes – are now framed. A sword engraved with the royal insignia of George III hangs on the wall. There is even an edict dated April 3, 1776, ordering the estate to keep bushels of rye, wheat, and barley “for the use of the KING.” “It’s a living museum,” Annette Mont told the New York Times in 2010.
The Estate As Today Today
It’s hard to believe the Wyckoff-Bennett Estate isn’t it a museum! But it is a private home. In present-day Brooklyn, it is located in the Homecrest / Madison region, north of Sheepshead Bay. The modern address is 1669 E. 22nd St., which is immediately at Kings Highway (quite conveniently). It is directly along the street from James Madison High School, famous for being the university of many glorious contemporary figures, including Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Inside, the farmhouse is filled up to the roof beams with original detail. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which still contains its old cast iron tub. The site sits on a half-acre of land divided into four lots: the major home sits on one, one contains a large two-story barn, and the remaining two are vacant / green space.
The entire compound is included in the sale, which hit market in July for $ 3.25 million. In September, the price decreased by 11% to $ 2.9 million. (Hopefully not included? The ghost the Mont family claims is the one-legged owner of one old booty found in the attic!) The Wyckoff-Bennett Estate, at 1669 E. 22nd St. in Brooklyn, is listed by Delton Cheng of Century 21 Home Front.