In response to our recent post on Webster Place, a homeowner sent along the following tip regarding the street’s lost porches:

“You mentioned that there used to be more porches. This is, indeed, correct. You’ll notice in the old photo taken from Prospect Avenue, that there are porches built on both sides of the street. Apparently, one of the residents on the west (left) side of the street decided to take his down, sometime in the early ’50s I believe. As all of these porches were interconnected and his house was in the middle; the rest went down, too. I wouldn’t want to have been in that guy’s shoes…”


Yesterday I wrote about Webster Place, which features one of the most pristinely-preserved rows of 19th century frame houses to be found in Brooklyn. Those interested in living on this very special block might consider purchasing either 8 or 14 Webster Place, two frame houses for sale just across the street.

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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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