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Thanks a Lott! Volunteers clean up historic Marine Park house

Good as new: The Hendrick I. Lott House’s front porch looks strong and sturdy again after a March rainstorm knocked one of the columns down.
Photo by Angel Zayas

Just a few folks did a whole Lott-a good.

A handful of do-gooders raked and weeded outside the landmarked Hendrick I. Lott House on June 4. Not as many volunteers showed up as they have in the past, but the few that did made progress, said the 18th-century Dutch Colonial’s live-in caretaker.

“It was a slower day than usual,” said Kristy Di Cario. “But they did an incredible amount of work. It really makes a difference.”

And the house isn’t only getting a lawn makeover, the Parks Department is also giving it a face-lift — both inside and out.

Workers finished repairing the home’s traditional, “spring eave” porch a few weeks ago after a late-winter storm blew over one of its supporting columns, and they’re still fixing up the back porch, which should be completed soon, a Parks Department spokeswoman said.

The home — in 1800 — will undergo a $2.5 million fix-up that will maintain its centuries-old charm, officials said. Renovations will include a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, a new caretaker’s apartment, a full upgrade to the house’s electrical and plumbing, and new exterior lighting, she said.

“We plan to upgrade the mechanics of the house while retaining the wonderful historic character,” she said.

Work on the home — one of 14 remaining Dutch Colonial farmhouses in Brooklyn — is expected to begin in 2018 or 2019, according to officials.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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