393 West Street facade, 1920

We recently received an email from an inquisitive Wooden House Project reader who wanted to know if we had any information on the shingle-clad building on the West Side highway. There were also several requests in our recent survey to cover more Manhattan wood-frame stories (have you taken our survey yet?).

So we thought we’d cross the river today and share the history of a wood-frame building that is located on not one, but two streets!

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Do you live in a wood frame house, brownstone, or apartment building in Brooklyn? Ever wonder who lived there before you, or what’s hiding under that vinyl siding? Join Wooden House Project pal’s Elizabeth and Chelcey at the “Research Your Historic Brooklyn House” workshop to tackle those puzzling questions. This class welcomes renters and homeowners and anyone who wants to learn more about the space they call home. If you’re considering an exterior restoration, this class will be particularly helpful in giving you the tools to find historic photographs to present to your contractor or architect. Or if you’re unsure where to start in your research, let us help you navigate all of the resources New York City has to offer. The presentation will focus on the many digitized collections available and will discuss what is accessible through Brooklyn and Manhattan repositories.

Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM

67 West Street, Studio 612, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

$25 Ticket. Purchase tickets here.

Wooden House Project is also planning for more programs to offer our fellow wooden house friends. But first we want to hear from you! Please take two minutes to fill out our online survey and tell us what you’re looking for! We hope to see you on April 23rd at the “Research Your Historic Brooklyn House” workshop and at future events.


Fire insurance map of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in 1907

We all know it’s possible to live in a wooden house disguised as a brownstone. But do you ever wonder if clapboard or shingles actually lay hiding under your stucco, vinyl or aluminum exterior? Today, the Wooden House project presents a surefire method to determine your house’s primary material.

So tell me! What is my house made of?