Brooklyn Heights Then & Now: Colonnade Row At 43-49 Willow Place

Colonnade Row, built at 43-49 Willow Place in 1846, between Joralemon & State streets, is one of few examples in Brooklyn Heights of a particular style of Greek Revival. It was most popular in the late 1830s, with massive columns running the length of the buildings to give them a good bit of drama. Across the street is a second Colonnade home that more resembles a haunted house—originally part of four, although the other two have been “renovated” beyond recognition. The architect is unknown.
Vintage photo by Berenice Abbott, 1936. Current photo by Jeff Dobbins, New York Explorer.

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  • Jorale-man

    Fascinating how stark the streets looked before trees and shrubbery were planted (even in the 1930s).

    As you say, the columned house across the street is so overgrown and dilapidated it does look creepy. Anyone know what the deal is there?