670 Bushwick Avenue – William Ulmer Residence

670 Bushwick Avenue – Catherine Lipsius Residence

Corner of Bushwick Avenue and Willoughby Street (formerly Myrtle Street)
Block 3194, Lot 31


Year Built: 1885
Building Type: Detached single-family residence
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Original Owner: Catherine Lipsius
Proposed District:

History and Analysis

Built for Catherine Lipsius, who owned a nearby brewery, and designed by Th. Engelhardt in 1885. Subsequently home to Frederick Cook, notoriously fraudulent “explorer” of the North Pole. Three story, brick masonry, tin and slate mansard roof, iron cornice, terra cotta lintels and ornament. Abandoned and neglected for many years, now being dubiously rehabilitated.

Note: previously mis-attributed as the William Ulmer residence. Ulmer’s residence was across Willoughby at 680 Bushwick Avenue.

A non-academic history: http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2010/07/building_of_the_91.php

Additional Section/ Additional Photography

ulmer_house,_hist.jpgLipsius/Cook residence, circa 1910