June 4, 2023

Howard Stern’s parents’ old Brooklyn home was designated a landmark by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission two years before his father died, The Post has learned.

In 1996, Stern purchased this 3,100-square-foot estate for his parents, Ray and Ben Stern, near Borough Park for $280,000.

Ben passed away last year at the age of 95.

The neighborhood where the house is located was first designated as historic in 2007.

On October 16, 2007, the committee held a public hearing on the proposed designation of the Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park Historic District because of the established architecture that housed New York’s growing middle class in the early 1900s.

In particular, the house was described as part of “a rare” example of Tudor Revival style architecture there.

The house was built in 1915 by prominent architect Alexander Mackintosh, who was also behind the design of the Empire Building at 71 Broadway.

The house in 2008.
The house in 2008.
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The house currently.
The house currently.

Mackintosh opened his own office in New York by 1900 and designed numerous clubhouses, banks, office buildings and residences throughout the eastern United States – particularly New Jersey, where he lived in his later years.

This Brooklyn home, which hasn’t changed much, has remained largely intact. Today you can see it painted blue.

In October 2020, the house was again specifically voted as a landmark by the committee.

But it’s unclear why the house was specifically marked as a landmark for the second time — and whether the younger Stern’s connection had anything to do with it.

The Post has reached out for comment.

Ray and Ben Stern.
Ray and Ben Stern.

Stern’s mother, Ray, 95, will continue to live there, but sources say she is grappling with the loss of her husband, to whom she had been married for more than 75 years.

The title deed remains in their son’s name.

In September 2022, Stern returned to his SiriusXM morning show after a summer off the air to announce the death of his father.

“My dad, it turns out, had prostate cancer and it’s spread to his bones,” revealed the shock jock, recalling his dad’s love of “fountain pens” and “his desk.”

Howard Stern with his parents at their Long Island home in 1993, several years before purchasing their home in Brooklyn.
Howard Stern next to his parents at their Long Island home in 1993 – several years before he bought their home in Brooklyn.
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Stern also spoke of his father’s “secret” glass eye, a “disability” about which Ben was resolutely private.

“You didn’t ask my father,” Stern said. “He can explode.”

“I’m sad about it, I am,” he continued of his father’s death. “My family is very strange. I’ve given you a glimpse and I’ve always joked about it. But I remember going to my mom and saying to her, “Mom, I think you should visit Dad in hospice — he’s dying.” She says, “No, no, I’m not going.” She didn’t want to go. I said, ‘You’re going to regret this. You have to go. Do it for me.’ That still didn’t move her.”

Finally, Stern’s daughter, Ashley, a nursing specialist, convinced her grandmother to go.

“My mom got dressed, went to my dad and spent an hour in hospice. A few hours later my father was dead.”