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Stories Your House Could Tell: 15 Waldorf Court

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Civil War Vets, Horse Traders, Salesmen, Dancers  & Lives of Service By Joe Enright 1940: 15 Waldorf Court (NYC Tax Photo) Some of the most ornate homes in Victorian Flatbush were built near the Brighton line. If you doubt me, take a look at the “Japanese House” at 131 Buckingham Road. Why would you build a mansion alongside a railroad?  The Japanese House at 131 Buckingham Road Some have suggested that at the dawn of the Progressive Era, the railroad – newly electrified in 1899 – was considered a symbol of progress. Perhaps that’s why the Germania Real Estate & Improvement Company designed Courts in West Midwood to surround their malled centerpiece, Glenwood Road: because the Courts afforded more views of the smokeless single-car electric trains that clanked by.   Early 1900s BRT Brighton Train Car. Summer! In fact, when 15 Waldorf Court was being erected by John Corbin and his architect, Benjamin Dreisler, in 1906, the railroad 200 feet to its eas