There are two brownstones on President Street facing Carroll Park that have long set themselves apart from their brothers by the distinctive scrollwork that adorns their fronts—decorative vines and urns and such. I have no idea if the etchings are original, or very old. I suspect not. They're in too good a shape to be of any great age. But I've always found the two buildings appealing in appearance, lending a curious Scandinavian air to the block.
Pretty soon, however, I suspect there will only be one such brownstone. The one to the left is covered in netting and workers have blasted away the facade, including the scrollwork. I doubt the owner has any intention of restoring it.
UPDATE (4/22/11): The brownstone will retain its squiggled, per comments left by friends and relatives of the owner. And the work is being done by Melchior Costas, who restored the building's neighbor 15 years ago.