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The Stories Your House Could Tell: 725 Westminster Road

Educators, Soldiers & 50 Shades of Yellow

For the 6th installment in our 242-part series, we wandered west to Westminster Road where, in 1904, 39 two-family homes were built by Thomas Benton Ackerson, the father of two other notable Victorian Flatbush enclaves – Beverly Square West and Fiske Terrace. 

Ackerson acquired the Westminster block after Germania Real Estate Company first cleared what was then known as “Lott’s Woods,” laid down roads and sidewalks, built the mall along Glenwood and ran gas, sewer, and water lines to all the empty lots. 

Ackerson would later boast that all the houses were sold by March of 1905. In fact many homes were still being advertised by the end of that year.

Each of the Ackerson houses consisted of two apartments. His August 1905 ad stated: “Each apartment contains 8 rooms, bath and store room, and trimmed with hardwood throughout, with hardwood polished floors, high wainscoting in dining room and beam ceilings. Backus gas logs in each parlor and dining…

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