Meet New York City’s newest landmark: the Peter P. and Rosa M. Huberty House on Bushwick Avenue, in Brooklyn. The 117-year-old house was designed by prominent architect Ulrich Huberty for his parents, Peter and Rosa Huberty.
On Tuesday, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission moved swiftly to landmark the Colonial Revival-style home, and noted the importance of preserving the structure in the rapidly changing landscape of Bushwick.
“The designation of the Huberty House honors both the historic character of Bushwick Avenue as it developed in the early 20th century, as well as the contributions of architect Ulrich Huberty to the borough of Brooklyn,” Meenakshi Srinivasan, the chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, said in a statement.
The designation in many ways was not just a nod to the architectural beauty of the house, but also to the legacy of Ulrich Huberty. The architect, as part of his firm Helmle and Huberty, designed many iconic Brooklyn structures like Hotel Bossert, the Williamsburgh Trust Company Building, and the Prospect Park Boathouse.
Some of the notable features Huberty designed for his parents home include the facade made of red brick and contrasting gray-brick quoins, the semi-circular portico, and the Palladian dormer set in the roof.
Several elected officials in Brooklyn have been working to have this building landmarked for a while now, and praised the LPC’s designation.
“The Peter P. and Rosa M. Huberty House carries a rich legacy of our borough, and it stands today as one of Bushwick's true architectural treasures,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, said in a statement. “Deputy Borough President Reyna and I are proud to see this home, and the immigrant history [Peter Huberty emigrated from Germany] it represents, earn landmark distinction.”
LPC Chair Srinivasan noted at the meeting on Tuesday that the owners were opposed to the designation, but vowed that the Commission would continue working with the owners to ensure that any future work at the house does not end up being burdensome.
The townhouse changed hands many times since after the Huberty family owned it, until it was purchased by an Italian tailor in 1937. His family has owned the house ever since.