Let us now invite you to run a gauntlet of Brooklyn Italianates, that mid-to-late 19th century style of slightly cramped domesticity that brought ornate Italian palazzo-influenced details into residential design and construction somewhat tightened by greed and high demand.
Now appearing in rooms and objects: Jewel tones, lush textures, and geometric and complex floral patterns reminiscent of 1920s decorative arts and art movements. The latter include Cubism, Fauvism, C.F.A. Voysey and the Bloomsbury Group.
Opa! This elaborate 25-foot-wide circa 1848 Greek Revival townhouse in Brooklyn Heights is quite a Balkan celebration, with its five stories, columned parlor level supporting an open 16-foot span, two French doors with muntins and transoms leading to a brick terrace, dentil crown moldings and doors and windows framed with ear moldings.
This recently renovated circa 1920s Tudor home would be unremarkable in any streetcar suburb but strikes an exotic note in Brooklyn, where simply having windows on all sides is surprising.
Unbeknownst to some Brooklynites, cities such as Jersey City and Hoboken, just a PATH-train ride away, contain historic blocks of 19th century row houses very similar to those found in our home borough.
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