Brooklyn Heights Blog contributor Karl Junkersfeld has filmed the complete reconstruction of a 19th-century Greek Revival clapboard house at 55 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. Owner and architect R.A. Somerby gutted the interior of the decrepit house and re-created the exterior based on its 1920s tax photo, which is included around the 4:55 mark in the video.
Most of the home’s historic detail had been stripped over the years, and Somerby decided to build a stoop based on the building’s original design. He also added several more windows and installed round ones on the front of the house in an homage to the Greek Revival style. However, the interior of the new home is modern, with large front windows on the parlor floor and a relatively open-plan kitchen and living room.