Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 4:50PM
When memorial Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and St. John's Place, was dedicated on February 18th, 1883, Park Slope was beginning to come into its own as one of Brooklyn's premier enclaves for the wealthy. By the time the above photo was taken, in 1907, most of the brownstones and other structures in the neighborhood had already been built, and many of those remain to this day.
The 117-foot steeple of the church still looms over the avenue today, although it's obscured by trees. Constructed of Belleville brownstone with a roof of blue slate, the church, with its circular pews and seating for about 800 people, hasn't changed at all since its construction. The same can't be said for the townhouses to its south. While Seventh between Flatbush and St. Johns is almost entirely residential, it becomes a primarily commercial thoroughfare from here on down, starting with Mango Remixed Thai and Chiles & Chocolate next door. These buildings, like many others on Seventh, were renovated for commercial use by the 1920s.
Top photo: NYPL