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Stuyvesant Heights began as a suburban retreat of country villas for wealthy brewers and industrialists. Between 1880 and 1915, speculative developers bought these suburban lands and created blocks and blocks of fine townhouse rows, and elegant apartment buildings, commissioning some of Brooklyn’s finest architects. The result was one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful neighborhoods, rivaling a better-known Park Slope. Fine commercial blocks, large churches, civic buildings and a beautiful park completed the neighborhood. It has remained exclusive and desirable ever since. Our tour will explore the rich streetscapes and history of the neighborhood, from the beginning to the present. The tour will be led by Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist “Montrose Morris” on Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant.