BHA Celebrates Whitman; Calls for House History Photos, Stories

222 Columbia Heights, 1936; courtesy of New York Public Library

222 Columbia Heights, 1936; courtesy of New York Public Library

From the Brooklyn Heights Association:

On Thursday, July 1, as part of our Centennial Celebration, the BHA will collaborate with ISSUE Project Room for a special outdoor performance, “I Do Not Doubt I Am Limitless: Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn.” This free event will channel the psychedelic spirit of poet, journalist, humanist and Brooklynite Walt Whitman, set against the stunning waterfront backdrop on the Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here to learn more!

Also as part of its centennial celebration, BHA is collaborating with noted Brooklyn resident and architectural historian Francis Morrone, who is compiling a building-by-building survey of Brooklyn Heights in order to complete Clay Lancaster’s classic Old Brooklyn Heights by including post-Civil War buildings. In conjunction with this project, the BHA has issued the following call:

We are holding an “open call” for any historic photographs (of exterior facades), old press clippings, personal histories or other archival documentation you might have in your attic, basement or scrapbook related to a specific house or building’s history. Email us a copy, scanned image, print or simply write us a letter. Email it to: or mail to the Brooklyn Heights Association, 55 Pierrepont Street, Box 17 D, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Whatever you have will help document our neighborhood history as well as mark the Association’s 100th birthday.

The BHA asks that all photos and materials be submitted no later than July 2, 2010.

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  • gc

    certainly more attractive than the house that’s there now!

  • ashton

    I agree that the Richard Upjohn designed mansion is far more attractive than its modern replacement. I think it burned -or more likely was torched, in the late 1940’s. A fate the entire neighborhood almost shared. It is a miracle anything survived the 1950’s.

  • bornhere

    Ashton — When was there torching going on in the Heights?

  • since47

    Ashton – I do not remember ‘torching’ in the Heights, but as you evidently do, please enlighten me. I remember that architect Bruce Eichner demolished the brownstone at 222 Columbia Heights, which was in need of repair, and erected, as his home, the structure that now exists. I also seem to remember a great deal of hoopla connected with this particular demo, but I do not remember torching.