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Spindles add whimsy to wooden houses in the South Slope, Fort Greene, Greenwood Heights and Clinton Hill

Spindles = Instant Gingerbread! We’re in love with many things about today’s featured house at 223 Washington Avenue, but the small architectural details on its facade truly make the house special. The small covered entranceway is decorated with a ribbon of beautiful spindle work, giving it an added layer of pure whimsy.┬áThe ornamental use of spindles along porches and railings became popular during the Victorian era and was found in homes designed in the Eastlake and Queen Anne styles.

Where can I find some of these beauties?

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Clinton Hill! We love it. Mansions. Villas. Carriages houses. Wooden houses galore. Recently we climbed a steep stoop to spend a rainy Saturday morning inside one of the most interesting of the bunch: 223 Washington Avenue, near the corner of Willoughby. Lately we can’t seem to stop comparing these shingled houses to sweets. Built ca. 1850 and originally occupied by a flour merchant named Billings Wheeler (which we think is a fantastic name), the house is just an all-around delight, inside and out!

And now, a peek inside!