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Modernist Brooklyn Heights townhouse seeks $3.9M

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The Willow Place townhouse designed in 1965 is on the market for the first time since its construction

Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

The Modernist Brooklyn Heights townhouse designed in 1965 for graphic designer Ron Clyne and wife Hortense has come to market for the first time since its construction seeking $3.9 million. The property at 44 Willow Place overlooks the oft-photographed row of stately Civil War-era brick townhouses that share a colonnade at nos. 43 through 49, and was designed by Merz Architects.

The townhouse is divided into two duplexes, with the upper owner’s duplex including workspace for Ron where the artist presumably designed some of the estimated 500 album covers he produced for Folkways Records, among them covers for Gazette Vol. 1 with Pete Seeger and a 1964 reissue of Dust Bowl Ballads by Woody Guthrie. (Read more about Clyne’s fascinating relationship with Folkways here.)

The townhouse also served as a gallery for the couple’s impressive art collection, still on display in the listing photos. Its distinctive facade features a singular strip of windows down its center that opens into an enclosure for a one-car garage and front door that’s made of attractive Dawn Redwood. The listing, with Joan Goldberg of Brown Harris Stevens, notes that the configuration of windows allows for “an intriguing play of light throughout as the sun travels over the house from east to west.”

The second- and third-floor owner’s duplex includes two bedrooms, one full bath, and a top-floor living room and eat-in kitchen. The smaller duplex on the rear street and garden levels includes the same number of rooms, but is less the space of the ground-floor garage. The townhouse covers 2,730 square feet, not including its parking spot or basement.