Do you feel like getting lost in a map for a little while? Of course you do. Maps are the best. So much information! And all in one place. Amazing. And one of the best maps that I've seen lately was put together by the website BKLYNR and titled "Block by Block, Brooklyn's Past and Present." Utilizing amounts of data that quite frankly make my head spin, BKLYNR put together a map where you can look up every single house in Brooklyn and see when it was built. So cool.
While it's not too hard to guess where the newest houses in Brooklyn are (I mean, have you never walked along the Williamsburg waterfront?), it's really fascinating to see where the oldest houses are hiding. And unlike in other parts of America, where the oldest houses only date back to the 20th-century (that's nothing!), here in Brooklyn, we've got some legitimately old houses. Here's a look at five of Brooklyn's oldest houses. Some of them look exactly what you'd expect an old house to look like, while others? Let's just say that a lot of remodeling has taken place over the course of a couple of centuries.
Lefferts Historic House
Built in 1783, this Dutch farmhouse is now a museum that you can explore, while also taking in the loveliness that is Prospect Park. It has the added bonus of looking exactly the way you'd think a really old Brooklyn house would look like.
Dutch Reformed Church
Located at 890 Flatbush Avenue, this church was built in 1796, and is one of the oldest structures in Brooklyn. It's also where Church Avenue got its name!
This beautiful house is located at 1669 E 22nd Street and was built in 1766. The rest of the residential block that it sits on is full of much newer and, frankly, uglier buildings, making it a real architectural diamond in the rough. If, you know, diamonds were made out of wood.
Not to be confused with the Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead on E. 22nd Street, this Wyckoff House is the OLDEST building in all of Brooklyn. Located at 5816 Clarendon Road in Canarsie, this farmhouse dates all the way back to 1652. That's pretty old.
741 Gerald Court
So there's a reason this 200+ year-old house doesn't have it's own special name. It's, well, been remodeled in an unfortunate way. I mean, it still has that Federalist detailing over the front door? Maybe that's original? Who knows, really. Not every house can be the Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead, I guess.
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