The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided to keep intact another piece of New York City history, designating the Doering-Bohack House an individual landmark. The 2.5-story home, which is a lovely wood-framed Italianate specimen, is located at the corner of Greene Avenue and Goodwin Place in Bushwick, between the Kosciusko Street and Gates Avenue stops on the J train.
The family of Frederick and Rosa T. Doering commissioned its construction in 1887 at 44 Goodwin Place. It was designed by architect Theobald Engelhardt and is one of the rare surviving examples of a Neo-Grec frame house, which was very popular in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1901, it was acquired by Henry Bohack, who ran the popular Bohack's grocery stores (which closed 1977). In 1902, he had the house moved to its current location by the original architect and lived there until 1921.
LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan was "pleased"with the structure and its "fascinating history." Commissioner Frederick Bland thought the move to its current corner location was interesting and said the side of the house is as beautiful as the front. The house was designated a landmark without objection.
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