If you haven’t yet jumped aboard the wooden house train, hopefully this one will convince you.¬†Earlier in the week we received an email from a wonderful couple who – yay! – recently purchased a house on 11th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues in Gowanus. I am familiar with and love this eclectic little block (I’ve never written about this one, but have covered adjacent blocks here and here).

The c. 1940 tax photo above is clearly channeling Webster Place, but like so many other little gems like this, it wound up with the aluminum treatment.

Fortunately, it’s in good hands >

158 10th Street

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Brooklyn’s fanciest frame rowhouses. Neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, and Park Slope contain remarkable examples of richly-decorated wooden facades of the “gingerbread” type. But if I can be 100% honest, I have a soft spot for Brooklyn’s less celebrated blocks, many of which are lined with tiny frame houses. Eighth Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets is one such example. Tenth Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues in Gowanus is another.

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Where warehouses now stand in the shadows of the Gowanus Expressway, wooden houses once dotted the streets.

Historic image courtesy New York Public Library

I noticed recently that a restoration is happening at 158 14th Street, between 3rd & 4th Avenues in the South Slope. Excited, I snapped a photo, eager to check out Google Street view to see how the house had looked prior.


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Those who yearn for the simple comforts of a wooden porch must take a stroll down Eleventh Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues in Brooklyn. This is one of the few blocks in the South Slope that is lined almost entirely, on both sides, with wood-frame row houses. It’s only fitting that the frame resurgence should be here in full swing.

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