Park Slope's formerly pink brownstone was different, to say the least, but it was not the quirkiest colored home in the city. Washington Square Park Blog posted the above photo of 114 Waverly Place today, writing "I never noticed this house, ever strangely enough," which makes us a tad less embarrassed to admit the same. So we did a bit of digging to learn when and why the house found its whimsy. It's not the only playful pastel stucco-faced townhouse in Greenwich Village?according to a 2009 article in the Times, the area saw a slew of houses reimagined with the same quaintness in the early 1900s, thanks largely to Italian-born developer Vincent Pepe.
The rowhouse at 114 Waverly Place was originally constructed in 1900, but in 1920, the owner, portrait painter Murray Bewley, hired architect William Sanger to rebuild the facade with the arched top and "detailing out of a German Expressionist movie." It's inspired by Jugendstil, a style that pulls from Art Nouveau and Japanese prints. Public records show that the home has been owned by the same family since 1978, and StreetEasy says it has four-units. There are no previous sale or rental listings, which leads us to believe that the same New Yorkers have live there for decades. The block was landmarked in 1969, so this pretty pink house is here to stay. As always, hit up the tipline or leave a comment if you have more intel about the home.
· Pink House on Waverly [WSP]
· Streetscapes: Which to Preserve, the Chicken or the Egg? [NYT]