In Brooklyn, a Victorian Mansion With a Ballroom Asks $12.95 Million

In Brooklyn, a century-old Victorian mansion with a ballroom is listing for $12.95 million.

Located in the Prospect Park South neighborhood, the circa 1905 home spans roughly 11,400 square feet with nine bedrooms, according to listing agent Mary Kay Seery of Brown Harris Stevens. The renovated house was built by architect Henry B. Moore for George E. Gale, the son of a successful Pennsylvanian leather tanner, according to Suzanne Spellen, contributing author to the book “Prospect Park South: The Heart of Victorian Brooklyn.”

The current owner is architect Stephen Tanenbaum, 55, who said he bought it for $2.75 million in 2017 and lived there with his wife and their three children.

The two-story portico has a porch, two terraces and a Juliet balcony.


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The property has a bluestone patio and a grassy lawn.


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Daniel Wang

mr. Tanenbaum is the principal architect at Set Architecture, which specializes in high-end residential renovations. He said he spent about $3 million on renovations, which lasted over three years and included repairing the porch, fireplaces and storm water systems, and updating plumbing, electric, heating and air conditioning systems. The couple also made floor plan changes and interior updates, he said.

The home’s roughly 1,200-square-foot ballroom is outfitted with a billiards area, a home theater and a full-size, antique bar, said Ms. seery. From the ballroom, a spiral staircase ascends to a roughly 400-square-foot loft with a skylight, she said. The house also has four working fireplaces, two decorative fireplaces and a mahogany-paneled dining room, said Mr. Tanenbaum.

The front of the house has a two-story portico with a porch, two terraces and a Juliet balcony. Architectural details include eyebrow dormer windows, two-story columns and spiderweb mullion windows, according to Ms. seery. The roughly one-third-acre lot has a 75-foot-long driveway, a two-car garage and a grassy lawn, she said.

“It’s a special house,” Mr. Tanenbaum said, adding that the home’s size and architectural portico make it a focal point of the neighborhood. Still, the house was in disrepair when they purchased it, which meant it was “rough living” at first. “It was a little bit of a wake-up call,” he said.

Now that the project is completed, he said he plans to sell it and buy another Brooklyn house to fix up.

“As an architect, I get antsy,” he said. “I’m ready for my next project. I spent a lot of time here during the pandemic, so I got to know it well enough, but it’s a bittersweet thing parting with it.”

He said he and his wife previously flipped a nearby home for $4.25 million after paying $2 million in 2013.

Luxury homes in Brooklyn sold for an average of roughly $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, up 3.9% from the same time in 2020 as inventory dropped 22.8% in the same period, according to a report by Douglas Elliman.

ms. Seery said the area known as Victorian Flatbush, where the Tanenbaum house is located, has become popular since the pandemic because the spacious homes have outdoor space and driveways. “The neighborhood has never seen prices like this before,” she said.

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