BK Magazine got insider access and the great backstory to a fanciful, turreted mansion south of Prospect Park. Inside the William and Lulu Norwood House on Buckingham Road lives an artist and antique doll dealer, Kathy Libraty, her contractor-slash-antiquarian husband, and their musician daughter. Their home, it must be expected, is full of antiques, and has exuded a kind of whimsical, Alice-in-Wonderland vibe since they moved from elsewhere in Ditmas Park eight years ago:
And luckily, the perfect house in both size and style was waiting for them—and for the Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper with which Libraty has graced the walls; the spectacular, shimmering chandeliers that now hang from the ceilings; the antique Majolica stone tiles brought back from France ("[the French] have had them for 150 years and are tired of looking at them; they want Formica floors"); and, of course, the dolls. The official cost in 2006? Almost $1 million, according to public record. (Funded, in large part, by Libraty's doll business, signs of which pop up all over the house.) But the many details that kit out the 1906-built, painstakingly restored home? They make it worth a lot more.
Brownstoner has profiled the mansion as a House of the Day, filling in some details. With an architectural style of "Northern Italian Villa with Colonial Revival bones," the exterior is pretty darn impressive on its own:
Apparently, it is also one of the few single family homes in the area to be entirely constructed of brick. And construct it, they did. At 49 x33 feet, with almost 5,000 square feet of house, this is some home. The eye is first drawn to that magnificent tower, with recessed loggia, peaked roof and jaunty finial. How great would it be to have that outside your bedroom window? 'Stoner lists the interior contents as follows: impressive living room, dining room, kitchen, billiard room, music room, eight bedrooms, and three bathrooms. Head over to BK Magazine for many more photos of this special house.
· A Doll's House: Inside the Home of Kathy Libraty, Frank Hechenberger, and Elisa Lovelie [BK Magazine]
· Building of the Day: 163 Buckingham Road ['Stoner]
· East Meets West in Century-Old House South of Prospect Park [Curbed]
· All Prospect Park South coverage [Curbed]