30 August 2011

Six Windows on Sackett

This long, two-story building on Sackett Street, near Henry, in Brooklyn, has always caught my gaze. And not just because of what it was—carriage houses or stables, obviously—but because of its simple, 19th-century beauty. Something about the long, double cornices and the row of six identical, second-story windows speak to my architectural heart.

A little digging, however, reveals that the building was not obviously a stables or carriage house. It may have been at some time in the 19th century—the building is one of the oldest in the area. But in 1902, according to the Brooklyn Eagle, this was a tin shop owned by Martin Anderson and his brother. In that year it was robbed by two locals of 24 bars of lead solder and two bicycles.

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