Brooklyn Heights Up Close: 24 Middagh Street


    We’re going to be focusing on the architectural history of Brooklyn Heights this week, hopefully serving up a different nugget every day (with a whole lot of help from Charles Lockwood’s bible Bricks and Brownstone). Holding the title of the oldest home in the hood, the former Eugene Boisselet house at 24 Middagh Street,

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    built in 1824, is a logical starting point. Middagh Street has a strong literary history, Number 7 (no longer in existence) having been home to W.H. Auden, Benjamin Britten and Richard Wright among others. Number 24 is one of the best examples left in New York today of the Federal-style wood frame house. At the time, these houses were typically painted white with green latticed blinds. While generally characterized by the classical simplicity that marked the Federal style, Number 24 is particularly notable for its front doorway with its

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    “delicately leaded toplight and sidelights and elegantly carved ornaments” as well as its rear carriage house and charming garden whose gate happened to be open yesterday morning as we shuttled Brownstoner Jr. around the surrounding cobblestone streets. Lockwood also makes special note of the two dormer windows on the top floor and the small lunette windows on the side of the house. GMAP
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