Six Amazing House Transformations

12th-Street

457 12th Street

By now you all know that while I don’t entirely hate vinyl siding, I still love to dream about what’s underneath it. But you know what’s also fun? Looking the other way — at what some of my favorite restored houses looked like way back when. Back in, say, the 1980s. Bring on the vinyl!

Fortunately for me, the New York City Department of Records (aka Municipal Archives) has digitized the “tax photos” they took of every single building c. 1980 (they did this as well c. 1940). So for today’s post I’ve rounded up some of my favorite South Slope gingerbread houses — the ones I talk about a lot here! — and compared them back to what they looked like pre-restoration. All historic photos below are presented courtesy of the Municipal Archives.

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457 12th Street c. 1980

 

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354 12th Street

 

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 354 12th Street c. 1980

 

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288 (left) and 286 (right) 14th Street

 

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 288 (left) and 286 (right) 14th Street c. 1980

 

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 565 11th Street

 

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  565 11th Street c. 1980

 

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 337 13th Street

 

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 337 13th Street c. 1980

 

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Bonus! 337 13th Street c. 1940