Columbia Place, 1959


 Columbia Place, 1959

Brooklyn Heights holds some of the Borough’s most well-preserved wood-frame houses. The above image of Columbia Place, or “cottage row,” shows us that within our recent past, this colorful row of houses was once covered in asphalt shingles.

What does it look like today you ask?


Columbia Place, today

Like an absolute ray of sunshine! Thank goodness the trees are not in bloom so I could capture “cottage row” in all its glory.

These houses were built c. 1848 and are the only four remaining of the nine original clapboard cottages. Could you imagine what this street would have looked like with nine cottages? Swoon!

Historic photograph courtesy of Brooklyn Visual Heritage

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