I distinctly recall the first time I walked down Webster Place in the South Slope. I had taken a fortuitous wrong turn and stumbled upon what I still believe to be the most cohesive and magnificantly-preserved row of 19th-century frame houses this side of the East River. Spellbound, I pondered how and why I had never before heard of this magical place.

Well, it’s all very easy to miss. Webster Place is only one block long, extending from Sixteenth Street to Prospect Avenue, and its most striking asset – a row of six intact wood-frame row houses with ornate front porches – sits almost mid-block. The block’s seclusion is certainly part of its allure, as is the fact that it might remind one more of San Francisco than Brooklyn.

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