Touring a Brooklyn Heights Beauty
Last spring, Chelcey, Sara and I were lucky enough to be invited inside the lovely Brooklyn Heights home of Robin Jaffe, who moved there three years ago with her family. Robin’s house at 72 Hicks Street is one of those drop-dead stunning Brooklyn Heights treasures — the kind I’ve walked by many times over and dreamt about. It’s not everyday one gets a peek inside on of the oldest wooden houses in Brooklyn. Luckily for you readers, we took a lot of pictures.
Though Robin’s house is landmarked, little information exists about its history. Brooklyn Heights was New York’s first historic district (designated in 1965), and back then the Landmarks Preservation Commission wasn’t yet in the habit of crafting 400-page designation reports about each neighborhood. We know the house was there at least back in 1860, when it appears on a map of Brooklyn (which makes sense; wooden house construction in Brooklyn Heights had been outlawed by then). In his book Old Brooklyn Heights, historian Clay Lancaster dates the house at least back to 1826. If anyone has done further research on this house, we’d love to hear what you’ve dug up!
A Perris map shows the house in 1860 (it was formerly No. 62). Map courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society.
The home is lovely from the outside thanks to the help of architect Russell Ricardi. Inside, original historic details enhanced by the designs of Erica Miller Design make for a true showstopper!
Feast your eyes on this beauty!
One of the most striking aspects of the interior is the abundance of pressed tin and decorative plasterwork all over the house. We’ve never seen so much in one place! Robin and Erika did an exceptional job melding old with new, retaining much of the home’s original charm.
Yes, Skye — you are a very lucky dog!
Thank you, Robin, for spending an afternoon indulging us in all the beauty of your house!
Requisite stoop photo!