The Imperial Apartments, The Bedfordshire Apartments
1198 Pacific Street and 1327-1339 Bedford Avenue
Montrose W. Morris, 1892
1200 Pacific Street
Montrose W. Morris, 1891
These two striking apartment buildings were designed by Montrose W. Morris, one of the most prominent Brooklyn architects of his day. The Imperial resembles a French château, with Renaissance Revival style details that include grand arches supported by fluted Corinthian columns and pilasters, conical turrets, and a slate mansard roof. Its window bays are faced in copper, whose green patina forms a nice contrast to the Bedforshire’s brownstone ornament, which has more recently been painted red. The Bedfordshire also features grand arches supported by pilasters, and its top story is graced with small arches and a projecting cornice. The Imperial was considered to be the finest apartment building in Brooklyn when it opened, and was even compared to The Dakota in Manhattan. It fell into disrepair in the late 20th century and was boarded up until a major renovation and restoration in 2006 that revived the building’s status as a showpiece for Crown Heights North and converted it into affordable housing.
The Imperial Apartments are a New York City Individual Landmark, located within the Crown Heights North Historic District and on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
The Bedfordshire Apartments are located within the Crown Heights North Historic District and on the State and National Register of Historic Places.