This quite fanciful-looking residence has long been called the “Gingerbread House.” Not as fantastical as the house of the same name in Hansel and Gretel, nor as delectably edible as gingerbread houses gracing holiday tables, it nonetheless is a rich curiosity.
The Gingerbread House is located in Brooklyn at 83rd Street and Narrows Road (across the street from Fort Hamilton High School) and is an example of the Arts and Crafts School of Architecture; a whimsical school of design championed by Oscar Wilde and others. The house, built in 1916-17 by J. Sarsfield Kennedy, was quickly referred to as the Gingerbread House even though it’s more properly the Jones’ House after its original owner
Past owners have been tight-lipped about what’s behind all that stone and imitation thatch, which means, of course, rampant speculation! One person claiming to be familiar with the house told the Brooklyn Paper back in ’07 that it “has a bowling alley in the basement and a revolving garage door. All they have to do is push a button, and the entire garage floor shifts so they never have to back out.” Or is that all just a cover story to protect the cast of fairy tale characters hiding in the basement? See for yourself for $12 million. [see interior shots at]: Curbed
The house, while quaintly charming, looks as out-of-place in Brooklyn as an igloo in the Bahamas; hence, it’s guaranteed to attract attention and surge in market value. I know that it always fascinated me when, as a kid, I use to roam the streets in search of the more incredible side of life. How could I have known that I’d finally see what the inside of this odd sanctuary look like nearly fifty years later while on-line?