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Guide to the John H. Prentice mansion photographs V1988.040

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 28, 2011
English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator - Photographer: Smith, B. J.
Title: John H. Prentice mansion photographs
Dates: circa 1875 to 1930
Quantity: 0.38 Linear feet 4 items contained in one folder and one oversize box.
Graphic materials [Oversize]: Box OS 11
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by accession 67
Call Phrase: V1988.040
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Historical note

The John H. Prentice mansion was located at 1 Grace Court in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The mansion was built for John H. Prentice (1803-1881), a businessman and owner of Prentice's Stores, a series of warehouses that were located on the piers that once lined the Brooklyn side of the East River. Prentice served as president of the Brooklyn Board of Water Commissioners, was one of the first Parks Commissioners in Brooklyn, and was treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the East River Bridge (now the Brooklyn Bridge). As of 2011, a condominium building stands where the mansion was located.


  1. "Obituary: John H. Prentice." New York Times, March 15, 1881. Accessed August 3, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

The John H. Prentice mansion photographs is comprised of four black-and-white photographic prints, dating from circa 1875 to 1930, that document the 19th century mansion that was located at 1 Grace Court in Brooklyn Heights. The collection includes two oversize albumen prints showing an exterior and interior view of the mansion; one 8 x 10 inch modern print of an exterior view of the mansion; and one relief halftone print, also an exterior view, that was originally published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. B.J. Smith is the photographer of the two oversize prints.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Prentice, John H.

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Exterior views
  • Interior views
  • Photographs

Subject Topics

  • Dwellings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Mansions -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction rights for the photographs have not been evaluated. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); John H. Prentice mansion photographs, V1988.040, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds a related collection, the Prentice family collection (1985.033). Please consult library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betsy Brower, 1988.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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