Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Clinton Hill Historic District
Clinton Hill Mansions
— This is one of the four markers that designate the area. —
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine.
Location. 40° 41.436′ N, 73° 57.634′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Clinton Avenue. In the 1830s and 1840s, Clinton Hill was a suburban retreat for property owners that erected “villas” removed from city life. As the city spread eastward, row houses filled in the lawns and grounds of the villas. Then the unexpected occurred. In the late 19th century several mansions replaced earlier homes. In Clinton Hill today, the traces of each of these periods of development remain. The boundaries of the district are: on the west, Vanderbilt and Clinton Avenues; on the north, Willoughby Avenue; on the east, Hall and Downing Streets and Grand Avenue; and on the south, the blocks between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Greene Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution (approx. ¾ mile away); Artillery of the American Revolution (approx. ¾ mile away); African American Heroes of the American Revolution (approx. ¾ mile away); What is a redoubt anyway? (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Greene Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Fowler (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
Regarding Clinton Hill Historic District. Charles Pratt founded Pratt institute 6 blocks from his home, modeling it after Peter Cooper's Cooper Union, a benevolent gift of advancement for the labor force to take advantage of superior technical training that would lead to prosperous careers and flourishing urban planning. His original home located at 136 Clinton Ave described as a Pre-Civil war clapboard Greek Revival has been used as a occupancy for various Catholic Diocese Bishop's since 1938 until its current resident Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio who in 2003 became the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Fort Green's is now L. I. University and Clinton Hill area is St. Josephs College of Technology, CUNY, and NYU today.
The reason for all of this that Pratt wanted the people to solve the problems of education, housing, health and pollution.
Also see . . . Clinton Hill - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 6, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2010, by Bonnie Page of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 766 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Bonnie Page of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.