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A Blog by Bohemia Agent Natalie Sigurdsson
There are many things that come to mind when you think about the Big Apple, but there is one no more notable and visible than Brownstones. The specific style of housing is a staple in the city's architecture as they are scattered throughout the boroughs, but these timeless buildings have a history all their own.
The building process began in the early 1800's in the U.S., starting in Boston and later came to NYC in the mid 1800's. The houses are only fronted with this dark stone but are in reality built of brick. The reason being was that brick was not considered desirable at the time and the brownstone was easy to work with, was an affordable material and had a clean look.
Brownstones in NYC are of Italianate and Queen Anne Style and were originated in Great Britain. The key visual features of these styles are:
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• Projecting Eaves (edges of the roof that overhang the face of the wall) supported by corbels (imposing cornice structures).
• Pedimented windows and doors
• Tall first floor windows
• Angled bay windows
• Wrought-iron railings
• Attics with a row of awning windows between the Eave brackets - low-pitched or flat
Natalie is an Icelandic/American, who not so long ago moved to NYC. With her outgoing personality and charismatic smile, Natalie is a true people person and she will do whatever it takes to get you the place you want!