Mount Vernon replica in Brooklyn
The Replica of Mount Vernon in Prospect Park. Image from Brooklyn Historical Society via Prospect Park Alliance

In 1932, Robert Moses had a replica of Mount Vernon built in Prospect Park to mark the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The building was constructed by Sears, Roebuck & Company (who also delivered another replica to the Exposition Coloniale Internationale in Paris in 1931, which still stands as a private home). The Brooklyn replica was designed by architect Charles K. Bryant.

The structure only stood for a mere two years before being torn down. It was one of the shortest-lived buildings in New York City. The house was located at the base of Lookout Hill on the Peninsula of the Lake.