Design Brooklyn has a great feature on a Grace Court Alley carriage house renovation. Aside from being one of the best stops for good kids in great costumes on Halloween, the home is beautiful inside and out. View all the photos and read the full story here.
Design Brooklyn: Although the owners of this 1850s carriage house in Brooklyn Heights finished major renovations in 2009 just in time for their wedding, they have been perfecting it ever since. With the help of Baxt Ingui Architects, the couple transformed what had been a hasty renovation job by a developer into an elegant and open, multi-level home.
Because the brownstone on the exterior of the building matches that of Grace Church at the end of the block (the church is one of Brooklyn’s great landmarks, built in 1854), the owners surmise that the house not only dates from the decade but also served as a carriage house for the church until it was turned into an apartment building in 1919. While excavating a basement that had previously been filled in with soil, they found evidence that the ground floor had been used as a parking garage while the floor above housed tenants. Milk bottles from 1919 were found in the earth, and the couple display these on a windowsill as decoration.