The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to introduce the newest member of our historic campus…Ms. Cat’s Cottage!
The two bedroom/one bathroom, 1931 home sits just behind The Annex on Campbell Street, between 4th and 5th streets. At 957 square feet, it’s every bit as warm and lovely as you can imagine. And when we’re done with the renovation, it will be the absolute perfect spot for brides and grooms and their families to spend a few nights during their glorious BAC wedding weekends. Of course, the finished, fully furnished cottage will come with complementary WiFi, washer and dryer, and private, off-street parking.
But in our humble opinion, what makes the cottage truly special is Ms. Cat and her family. Originally from Goldsboro, NC, Ms. Cat’s family moved to Wilmington and settled in the Brooklyn neighborhood in a home located near 7th and Campbell streets. Edward Grantham, Ms. Cat’s brother, bought the cottage and transferred its ownership to his sister for $1. Ms. Cat worked as a housekeeper and nanny for a well-respected Wilmington family for more than 20 years. Indeed, she became a beloved member of that family and helped raise those children. To add to the already wonderful karma associated with Ms. Cat and the BAC, her daughter, Lizzetta, who grew up in the cottage, married Lucious Dickey in our Manse house on December 13, 1968. Lizzetta and Lucious had two children, Lisa and Leonard, Ms Cat’s grandchildren. Lucious served his entire career in the Air Force, and his family traveled the world with him. But they made Ms. Cat’s cottage their home base.
Although they lived next to The Annex and the old St. Andrews Church, they were lifelong members of the baptist church located at 5th and Campbell. Ms. Cat’s grandchildren loved growing up in the Brookyn neighborhood. Lisa remembers playing on the steps of the old St. Andrews, often venturing inside to look around the beautiful building. She also recalls the old laundromat, located next to the Manse house, where she would buy penny bubble gum. At the time, before it went quiet, 4th Street was bustling with shops and people. Everything you could possibly want was for sale somewhere in the neighborhood, Lisa remembers. She would follow her father into the military, and the boxing center, located in the same building as our friend and neighbor, Edward Teach Brewery, was where she trained for her career in the army.
Today, of course, North 4th has been revitalized as the Brooklyn Arts District and, fortunately for all of us, Ms. Cat’s Cottage will once again become a wonderful part of the neighborhood and of the BAC family. For pricing and availability, please email us at [email protected]
2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
957 Sqft Cottage
Housing right next to the Brooklyn Arts Center
Off street parking
Iron and ironing board
All of the comforts of home