Cobble Hill Gets a New Wooden House
Cobble Hill’s oldest house is about to come out of hiding! This is the kind of news that makes my geek heart skip a beat. On Tuesday, May 14th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider a proposal to reclad the front of 122 Pacific Street in clapboard, which was discovered under the stucco facade during a recent probe (evident in the photo above, adjacent to the top right corner of the door).
We’ve gotten more than one question from homeowners over the years about the feasibility of converting a frame house into a brownstone. Well, apparently – it can be done! Fortunately, it can also be reversed to restore a house to its original appearance.
Below is a photo of the house today; what is proposed is on the right. A lovely grey-blue wooden house. In clapboard!
The proposal contains a nice board that explains the history of alterations. If I’m interpreting it correctly, the house dates from ca. 1831 and received its mansard roof in 1860. The stucco was added in 1922.
These homeowners and this architect are fantastic. Kudos to them and here’s hoping the Landmarks Preservation Commission gives the green light!