Moonstruck House Seller Talks to NY Times

Flickr photo by 24gotham

Flickr photo by 24gotham

Moonstruck House (19 Cranberry Street) seller/ Heights Hero Edwards Rullman talks to nabe resident/NY Times writer J. Courtney Sullivan in today’s edition:

NY Times: Moon Struck House…: “We got 100 times what we paid for it back in 1961,” said Mr. Rullman, a retired architect whose wife, Francesca, is a former opera singer. The couple now live on Cape Cod.

When the Rullmans bought their Brooklyn Heights home, the neighborhood was a grittier version of the now-pristine and upscale enclave filled with impeccably preserved brownstones.

The area fell into disrepair in the 1940s and ’50s. The construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway eliminated architectural treasures, including the literary group house whose residents included W. H. Auden and Carson McCullers. Single-family homes were turned into boarding houses for sailors who worked in the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“By the close of the war, Brooklyn Heights didn’t have a very good reputation,” Mr. Rullman said. “A lot of us were told that it might not be a safe place to bring our children. But plenty of young families moved in anyway because there was a huge amount of beautiful housing to be had for not much money.”

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  • Julian Sorel

    Having lived within one block of this house for 36 years, I’ve had a great affection for it and the beauty of its living spaces. It is, therefore, my hope that it does not undergo the kind of extravagant and crass renovations that have desecrated the classic beauty, the purity of decor, the very “bones” of so many Heights houses of late; witness the two on Willow Street and one on Hicks whose interiors have been reduced to a suburban standard of characterless sterility. Houses have spiritual histories. No one owns them, not truly. To one who would live in peace with a house it is important not to violate its continuity, to live there first before tearing it.