WOOD FRAMES OF BROOKLYN

Brownstones get all the attention here in Brooklyn, but what about wood-frame houses? They are rare and unique, nestled here and there between the brownstone and brick buildings that are prevalent in New York City. Fires were a huge concern in such a highly populated city, so in the mid-1800s fire limits were set in place that banned the further construction of wooden buildings in dense neighborhoods at the time. Yet the wooden house has persevered. With so many now clad in vinyl or aluminum, they are easily overlooked, but with some careful restoration they can be brought back to colorful life, combining urban and country living.

Views of wood-framed houses throughout Brooklyn brought to you by Katie Ipcar.