Even in a neighborhood filled with architectural delights, the generously wide, gray-shingled facade seems to hint at an interesting past.
The new owners of a Second Empire wood-frame townhouse in Bed Stuy added brick veneer, mismatched doors and air-conditioning compressors to the front facade.
Large freestanding Victorians and Edwardians on oversize lots are being sold and demolished all over Flatbush and East Flatbush.
The corner manse, which had a graceful porch and tower, await permits to replace it with modern, glassy apartments.
The humble wood frame house doesn’t always get as much love as the iconic brownstone in Brooklyn, but that’s starting to change as preservation-minded owners restore them across the borough.
Following the sale of two freestanding Edwardian homes in Flatbush back in March, a planned development on the property is beginning to move forward.
The tar paper and plywood that have wrapped a modest wooden frame house since it was damaged by fire more than a decade ago are finally giving way to new siding.
The history is largely one of tradition -- tales of taverns and sea captains passed down over the years, often from owner to owner.
The owners hired architect Joseph Koelbel to restore the row house with a slate-tile mansard roof and cement-board siding.
The construction fence around a rare Federal-era wood frame house in Brooklyn Heights came down briefly this week, revealing the transformation of the building is nearly complete.