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Cobble Hill’s oldest house is about to come out of hiding! This is the kind of news that makes my geek heart skip a beat. On Tuesday, May 14th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider a proposal to reclad the front of 122 Pacific Street in clapboard, which was discovered under the stucco facade during a recent probe (evident in the photo above, adjacent to the top right corner of the door).

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On April 16th, 1852, the City of Brooklyn passed a law forbidding the construction of wooden houses in the neighborhoods we now call Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, DUMBO and Carroll Gardens. Because Brooklyn Heights was one of the first “suburbs” of Manhattan, and because it was included within the early fire limits, its surviving frame houses are today some of the oldest in the borough.