Built in 1857 by renowned architect A.J. Davis (who also designed the famous Gothic mansion, Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY), the Villa was condemned by the City of Brooklyn in 1868 for the creation of Prospect Park. The Villa now houses borough headquarters for City of New York/Parks & Recreation, as well as the offices of the Park Administrator and the Prospect Park Alliance.
At the Villa, you’ll also find the Office of Special Events, where you can receive permits for a variety of special Park uses. Limited public parking is available.
Litchfield Villa stands on a hilltop, 280 feet above sea level with views overlooking the Long Meadow and the surrounding neighborhood down to the Gowanus Canal and New York Harbor. With its dramatic towers and skylit cupola, it is a stunning example of mid-19th century romantic Italian architecture.