Finally! After 30 years, the producers of the long-running ‘This Old House’ PBS TV series have noticed that Brooklyn has a few 19th century houses (the nation’s largest stock, actually) in need of spiffing up.
For their next reno project, they’ve chosen a modest, bay-windowed 1904 Prospect Heights row house owned by a young couple with three sons. The house is absolutely LADEN with original, late-Victorian woodwork from the days when builders ordered from catalogues of mass-produced millwork.
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“The more the better” was the attitude, and this house has intact everything, from oak archways, classical columns, and gingerbread fretwork to built-in birds-eye maple cabinets and fancy brass door knobs and hinges..
It’s not just a refinishing job; they are also reincarnating the four-story house as a three-family, with an owner duplex in the middle and rental units on the garden level and top floor.
The Brooklyn segments start airing in mid-February. In the meantime, there’s more on this project in the January/February issue of This Old House magazine.