Clinton Hill

A look at Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ Clinton Hill house

Eye On Real Estate

June 21, 2017 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A-list couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, shown here at the June 2017 Tony Awards, apparently live in Clinton Hill. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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Long live the Gold Coast.

That’s what a seven-block stretch of Clinton Avenue in Clinton Hill was called in the late 19th and early 20th centuries because oil tycoon Charles Pratt and lots of other mega-rich people built mansions there.

The architectural eye candy they left as their legacy is a visual delight for preservationists and real-estate nerds.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

One of the niftiest Gold Coast houses is 405 Clinton Ave. It apparently belongs to actress Olivia Wilde, who’s currently starring on Broadway in “1984,” and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jason Sudeikis.

Two trusts purchased the house for $6.5 million in November 2014, city Finance Department records show.

The trustees who signed the deed, Eric Binder and Mark Landesman, were also the trustees for the couple’s purchase of a Meatpacking District condo. That apartment was sold right around the time of the Clinton Avenue house purchase.

Also, Binder is the registered agent for various corporations of which Wilde is the president.

Anyway. About 405 Clinton Ave.

The landmarked mansion is made of deep-red Roman brick, trimmed with brownstone and set on a rock-faced stone base. It has a huge porch.

The house, which is a combination of Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne styles, was designed in 1889 by William Tubby. He was a big-deal architect in his day.

It was built for Charles Adolph Schieren, who was one of the last mayors of Brooklyn.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report about the Clinton Hill Historic District calls the stunning home “an extraordinarily bold architectural statement.”

By the way, another important mansion designed by Tubby is just up the street at 241 Clinton Ave.

That property has belonged since 1936 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn or an affiliated entity, Finance Department documents show. The house was conveyed by deed to the diocese by Mary Seymour Pratt, Finance Department records indicate.

It is now the official residence of the Bishop of Brooklyn, online sources say.  


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