Brownstones had their heyday in the mid-19th century and are once again experiencing a revival. Now highly desirable, they are an iconic part of New York City, especially brownstone Brooklyn.
The quintessential brownstone is the Italianate. Its elaborate carved ornament, elegance and gravitas signaled prosperity and social position in a limited space.
The quintessential Brooklyn row house is the Italianate-style brownstone, homes with tall stoops, long windows and majestic entries. There is a perfect symmetry to their uniformity, a pleasing rhythm and solidity to brownstone blocks — especially when paired with old trees, overflowing flower boxes, and heavy cast iron railings. Visit the link in bio to find out how the Italianate style evolved in Brooklyn. #bk #Brooklyn #brownstone #architecture #realestate photo by @barbara_nyc
A quick definition of a brownstone
“Brownstones are interesting because they are such a valuable commodity and represent the most beautiful architectural archetype in Brooklyn, if not the entire city,” design studio Ten to One Founding Principal Garrick Jones told Brownstoner, adding, “but they’re really quite down to earth because of the inviting and social nature of their stoops.”
A little brownstone history
Edith Wharton panned their “uniform hue,” which “coated New York like a cold chocolate sauce.” Jane Jacobs found inspiration in their high stoops, which helped create closely knit communities. Abandoned as “obsolete” in the 1950s, now they are experiencing a revival.
Brownstones can also be found in Brooklyn, Manhattan and other parts of New York City, as well as New Jersey, Boston, and Philadelphia. Brooklyn neighborhoods particularly known for their brownstones include Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant.
Brownstones give Brooklyn and other 19th century residential enclaves that were home to the middle classes a distinctive character and identity. Without them, New York City would be a very different place.
#notbrooklyn #Repost @thetownhouseny ・・・ ? On a beautiful tree-lined Upper East Side block, rests the stunning row of beaux-arts #brownstones built in the early 1900s. ?️ The current owners purchased the property with plans for a complete #renovation and #restoration of the facade, including the addition of the original designed stoop that was sadly demolished in the 50’s. ? The conversion back to a single family home gave way for new ideas and modern amenities while maintaining the historical character. ? #uppereastside #manhattan #nyc #brownstown #townhouse #oldandnew .. h/t @notenoughangers