Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: The Woodhull
Address: 62-66 Pierrepont Street
Cross Streets: Hicks and Henry Streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1911
Architectural Style: Renaissance/Colonial Revivals
Architect: George Fred Pelham
Other Work by Architect: Upscale apartment buildings, row houses and hotels, all over Manhattan.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Heights HD (1965)

The story: In 1841, John Phillip Thurston purchased a small home in Brooklyn as a place from which to conduct business, and for his family. He was from Portland, Maine, one of the many New Englanders who came to Brooklyn to trade in commodities. Sugar was his business, and he ran a successful commissions business trading with plantation owners and sugar brokers in Cuba. The small house on Pierrepont Street was surrounded by fields still, and the garden gate to the Thurston home opened up onto Montague Street, giving the property the full width of a city block. Thurston didn’t live here long, he died soon after moving here, and his business was continued by his son, Frederick. Frederick enlarged the house, and it was a comfortable home for himself and his two unmarried sisters.