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.

  

THE GHOST OF BISHOP FORD

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School may have closed earlier this year, but the presence of Francis Xavier Ford, Sinophile and martyr of the Catholic Church, endures. His mosaic likeness welcomes the multitudes of designers and consultants who cross his doorstep. And if, in the saving of his sprawling edifice, we are ground underfoot and spat upon and worn out, we shall have become the Prospect Expressway (which, unlike the Kings Highway, is actually nearby) for every child in pathless Brooklyn.

View of mosaic at Bishop Ford Central High School brought to you by Adam Poole.

 

THE BEAUTY IN THE DESIGN

The beautiful thing about Architecture, about design in general, is that you get to immerse yourself in a problem…
and take it apart in your mind,
and put it back together in a way
that allows something as ugly as an attic vent to be celebrated.

If this is what a mechanical vent can become, imagine what can be done with a whole building on your canvas…

Views of a copper mechanical vent in Park Slope, Brooklyn brought to you by Tim Jagisch.