BrooklynHistoricalSociety

I simply don’t know what I’d do without the Brooklyn Historical Society. I credit most of my Brooklyn knowledge to its wonderful collections, which are invaluable to anyone looking to research a house’s history. If you fall into that camp (and since you’re reading this I assume you do), head on over to the BHS library on the corner of Pierrepont & Clinton Streets and spend an afternoon in one of the most stunning interiors in all of Brooklyn. While there, you’ll probably encounter Elizabeth Call, Special Collections Librarian.

Since the Wooden House Projects gets so many questions about how to research your house, I thought I’d spend some time with Liz getting her take on the collections that would be most interesting to our readers.

Read on for some tips of the trade!


Do you own or are you curious about a house in Brooklyn, but don’t know where to start your research? We are excited to be giving away one free ticket to the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Research Your House workshop, taking place at 2pm on Saturday, April 27th (retail value of $50)! Entering is easy and requires just two simple steps:

1) Start following us on Instagram and Twitter
2) Upload at least one photo with #woodenhouseproject

Winner will be chosen at random on the morning of Monday, April 22nd. If you are already following us, don’t worry, you’re still entered – just follow step #2!

Also: Does anyone know where the wooden houses above are located?