14th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues, 1941


This coming Saturday, the residents of the beautiful block of 14th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues (a wooden house haven!) will be hosting a block party. The Wooden House Project is excited to be attending the party and helping to man the history table. Stop by for a visit!

I had gotten excited upon finding a photo in the collection of the New York Public Library that was labeled “14th Street looking west from 6th Avenue,” which would have meant that it was a photo of that block. Alas, the label was wrong — this is actually looking west from 7th Avenue — but that’s ok. A beautiful street nonetheless!


Much as I love trees, I am very thankful that streets in the 1940s were for the most part devoid of them. Our lush summer blooms make it impossible for me to capture the exact same view, but I’ve snapped a shot of the three wooden houses in the photo. Two of the cornices are still there!

  • Leah

    can’t wait to meet you! we live on the block and have a crappy old wooden house! love the blog and so glad you’re back in action!

  • Wooden House Project

    Hi Leah – Thank you and I’m looking forward to meeting you too! I love your block!

  • Howard Pitsch

    Brooklyn’s Cumberland Street between Lafayette/Greene Avenues has a row of wooden houses. My own at 287 Cumberland is shown in the 194-d tax photo as a horrid imitation tar paper brick monstrosity with the cornice eradicated and window lintels stripped. Fortunately we found a 1922 photo of the house as it originally was and were able to have it restored to that vintage. The house at 291 was originally a wooden house but “modernized” about 1896 with a beige brick and pressed tin embellishments by the Parfitt Brothers who also did the magnificent St. Augustine RC Church in Sixth Avenue

  • Josh

    Thanks so much for joining us at the history table. It was great meeting you. I think we all learned a lot. As you said, it would be great to find a way to harness all the research people are doing on their own house histories.

    • Wooden House Project

      Josh, it was wonderful to meet you and everyone else on the block! I’m already looking forward to next year!