A “new” row of rowhouses in historic Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens near Cobble Hill.
This is an example where good intentions don’t necessarily work out. It’s a historic neighborhood with mostly older buildings so the developer wanted to make their new homes “fit in” with the historic surroundings. The problem is, nothing like this would have ever been designed or built in the past. So it’s really just a modern row covered in inaccurate reproduction wallpaper…
Whether the finished dZine was influenced by neighborhood historic busybodies or just what the developer/owner/architect’s intended isn’t known. Many times builders’ will “tweak the design” so the owners “will save money” and it will look just as good. It almost never does and the builder usually finds other new charges so no money is ever saved.
Or this is exactly what everyone wanted and we can now quickly move along.
Cobble Hill modern townhouse in a historic district. This is a good way to build for today in an existing neighborhood. No faux historical bric-a-brac which is usually ignorantly executed. It’s about sweating the details, people.
Settled in the 1600s by Dutch farmers, Cobble Hill is supposedly named for all the unloaded cobblestones used for ship ballast coming over from Europe. Why they didn’t need those cobblestones in Europe is unclear.
Or… was it a way to balance trade? Yes, that was a pun. Or double entendre?