Knickerbocker Field Club

Address: 114 East 18th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Built By: 

Parfitt Brothers

Year Built: 

About the Building

The Knickerbocker Field Club was formed in 1889 by lawn tennis enthusiasts.

After holding their early matches at members' homes, the club leased land in a development known as Tennis Court, built by Richard Ficken. They set up tennis courts and croquet courts there. They had a small clubhouse with bowling alleys in the basement and a stage and dance floor on the first floor.

Membership grew, and they needed a bigger clubhouse. The new structure was built on the foundations of the old clubhouse - the bowling alleys were kept.

When the new building opened, there were 240 members paying $1 a year to be part of the Knickerbocker Field Club.

Building Details

The building has a gambrel roof and a deep porch with Doric columns.

The main entrance has a semi-circular transom with muntins and sidelights flanked by pilasters.

An intricate oval window has a broken scroll pediment and scroll woodwork underneath.

Decorative elements include a broken scroll pediment and urn over the dormer and a modillioned cornice at the southern end of the building. The dormer on the other end has a crenellated parapet.


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