69-71 Dean Street, 1960




Historic image courtesy of Brooklyn Visual Heritage and Brooklyn Historical Society.

69-and-71-dean-streetThese have always been two of our favorite “I’m not in New York!” houses. Cape Cod? Nantucket? Martha’s Vineyard? That’s more like it. And because we love the New York Public Library’s digitized maps so much, here are our two twin wood-frames on the 1898 fire insurance map. Though No. 71 appears have had some sort of brick veneer at one point (as per the 1960 photo), the fact that the pair is yellow on the map indicates that we are indeed looking at two wood-frame structures.

“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”

-Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

We think Andy Warhol would have liked the Wooden House Project.

  • Doug

    Not brick veneer but asphalt siding made to look like brick. Very popular in the mid 1900s, and it’s still visible all over the boroughs. Sorry to see the railings were changed, though. Although not necessarily original, they had age and character.