Well, would you look at those houses. All four shots were taken of New York City wooden houses and my oh my aren’t they beautiful?!

Thank you to @durkacs@tonymuccio@jrosenyc, and @shantond for tagging these wood frames for us to ooh and aah!

Walking around and find a wooden house? Let us know! Instagram the little gem with the #woodenhouseproject and we’ll show it off to all of our friends.

Happy hunting!




122 Pacific Street

Remember when we told you Cobble Hill would gain a new (but actually old) wooden house? Well, guess what?! The restoration on the facade is complete! Updated images after the jump.

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Thank you for the instagraming since we’ve been gone!  Circa Houses was even tagging #woodenhouseproject from Thailand (upper left corner)! Thank you to @durkacs and @wesleyparietti for tagging these wood frames in Brooklyn for us to gush over.

Walking around and find a wooden house? Let us know! Instagram the little gem with the #woodenhouseproject and we’ll show it off to all of our friends.

Happy hunting!

What a pleasure it was to read the responses to my last post. It seems that not only do folks notice and recognize PermaStone, but they really are interested in finding out how to remove it! I plan to delve a bit more into that process in today’s write up but first would like to practice some preservationist due diligence. In many cases, an encapsulating layer of reasonably waterproof (albeit aesthetically questionable) material may be the best thing for protecting anything historic and wooden behind. If you aren’t sure you have the time, money or DIY skills required by the demolition process, it’s probably best to do some waiting, saving or professional help-seeking first. That caveat stated, let’s get our hands dirty!

Much more on demo, after the jump…



Thank you for the instagraming this past week! We especially love the beautiful shingled Queen Anne (upper left corner) taken by Circa Houses in the Catskills. Walking around and found a wooden house? Let us know! Instagram the little gem with the #woodenhouseproject and we’ll show it off to all of our friends.

Happy hunting!

best-of-instagram-week-oneWelcome to our first ever “Best of Instagram” post! Whether you’re walking the streets of Brooklyn, or stumbling upon wood-frames in your travels, we want to see them! We hope to add more of your photos every week, so please keep instagraming. All you need to do is add the #woodenhouseproject to your photo and we’ll display your works of art each week.

The photos above come from our travels this summer to New Orleans, walking around Park Slope, and from Wooden House Project-follower ‘colombianbeef’ in East New York. Thank you all for sharing your photos with us, and we can’t wait to see what you find next week!

Vinyl siding: Love it or hate it?

Well, apparently pigs fly. Here’s a post I never thought I’d write. When I was in grad school for historic preservation, I would have balked at the idea of reading a post singing the praises of vinyl siding, let alone authoring one. Vinyl siding is the butt of many a preservation joke. It’s just so EASY. Covering your house in plastic? Seriously?

But I’ll admit, since starting the Wooden House Project I’ve developed a soft spot for the stuff, and with this post I offer my argument as to why it’s not as bad as everyone likes to think. I’m aware that this is a highly divisive topic, and I’m certainly not suggesting that we all go out and clad our houses in vinyl siding (or aluminum or asphalt, which I’m lumping in here as well). Why? Watch this. I’m just saying we shouldn’t be so quick to hate on it.

My five reasons, after the jump >


Wooden houses on Hall Street display an array of beautiful canopies

Earlier this week we received an email from an owner:

I’m interested in adding a beautiful canopy to the front entrance of my wood framed house in Greenwood Heights. It would be great if you could post some pictures of ideas as well as some contractors who could do this type of work.

Ask and you shall receive!


Ah, the Mansard roof! A wood-frame house with a cherry on top. I must admit, I love ALL Mansard roofs, no matter the house material. Though they are by no means unique to wooden houses, there is something about finding this high-style feature adapted to the vernacular frame house that makes me smile. But what is the genesis of this much-beloved architectural element?

Who doesn’t love a fad borrowed from Paris?