Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wallabout Historic District: Brooklyn's Newest Landmarked Neighborhood

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Historic Wallabout homes in the 19th century, some still standing and now protected.
  • Historic Wallabout homes in the 19th century, some still standing and now protected.

This spring 50 buildings on Vanderbilt Avenue between Myrtle and Park avenues were added to the New York State Register of Historic Places, and yesterday Curbed got word
that the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission has made that block full of mid-19th-century wood frame homes the Wallabout Historic District.

Boundaries of the new Wallabout Historic District. (Courtesy LPC)
  • Boundaries of the new Wallabout Historic District. (Courtesy LPC)

The sloped, tree-lined block has its fair share of recent buildings, some of which are more adept at approximating the pre-Civil War architecture than others. But now any new construction within the landmarked district will have to meet more stringent standards. And as the district expands to incorporate historic buildings on adjacent blocks nearer the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as it presumably will, more beautiful homes will be saved from the wrecking ball. In the meantime, a few (like these ones) need to be saved from slow and steady deterioration.

(Photo: NYPL; Map: LPC PDF)

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