Landmarks Okays Changes To Truman Capote House

Big changes are coming to the former home of the late legendary author Truman Capote – 70 Willow Street. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved changes meant to restore the 1839 house to its Greek Revival origins, Evan Bindelglass reported for Curbed NY.

The changes include stripping the façade’s yellow paint to reveal the original brick, demolishing the existing rear porch and replacing it with a new two-story rear deck (which would give the residents better access between the driveway and the kitchen), replacing the existing driveway gate with a new, solid one, changing the windows, adding shutters, and adding a shed and pool, Curbed NY reported.

In 2012, the home was sold to Rockstar Games’ Dan Houser for $12.5 million.

Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist and contributor to Curbed NY. He also contributes to Brooklyn Heights Blog. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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  • DIBS

    Congratulations. This is going to look great.

  • minard lafever

    I cannot believe the landmarks commission allowed the owners to destroy those spectacular, heavily carved, double front doors. those are the finest doors in Brooklyn, they don’t know what they’re doing. I am disappointed in them.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Actually Landmarks didn’t allow it – the current doors are staying put. The owners’ original proposal included replacing the doorway, but after criticism from the commission and others, the owners took it out of the final plan which was approved.

  • minard lafever

    Oh, that is great news! thank you very much for enlightening us. Even Dibs.

  • Andrew Porter

    Doesn’t mention whether or not they okayed the helicopter landing pad on the roof….