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Michelle Williams is building a swimming pool at her Victorian Flatbush mansion

April 27, 2017 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Michelle Williams, shown in this photo taken recently in Paris, is building a swimming pool at her Victorian Flatbush mansion. AP Photo/Francois Mori
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Surely Scarlett O’Hara would approve.

Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams is building an outdoor swimming pool at her Victorian Flatbush mansion, which is nicknamed the “Gone With the Wind” house.

On Wednesday, a track loader went trundling through her yard, where a mammoth heap of dirt was piled. Trucks with the name “All Island Gunite Pools” were parked on the lawn at 1440 Albemarle Road.  

Another indication that what’s going on outside the Prospect Park South Historic District mansion is swimming-pool construction and not some really dramatic landscaping project can be found in city Buildings Department records.

Earlier this month, the city agency issued a permit for the installation of an in-ground swimming pool in the yard and related plumbing fixtures.

If you’re wondering what the company name on those trucks means, a gunite pool is one that’s made by spraying a concrete and sand mixture over a framework of steel rods with ridges.

Williams’ Colonial Revival-style house was designed in 1905 by Robert Bryson and Charles Pratt.

Eye-catching design details like a two-story portico flanked with fluted Ionic columns and beautiful porches prompted Alexandra Reddish of Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate to nickname it the “Gone With the Wind” house.

Pool installation is just one facet of the work that’s being done at the actress’s property.

Construction crews have spent months on historically appropriate renovation. Among other things, they’ve removed gray asphalt shingles from its facade and installed cedar clapboard and cedar shingles, all painted white.

Because Williams’ house is located in a landmarked neighborhood, her home restoration plan had to be approved by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Williams bought the 18-room mansion through a trust for $2,500,001 in 2015, city Finance Department records indicate.

 


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