Brooklyn Structure: A Cozy Timber Body Survivor in Boerum Hill
Editor’s Note: This post was originally run in 2012 and has been updated. You can read the previous post here.
For many, this small Italian building at 143 Bond Street in the historic Boerum Hill neighborhood is a perfect place to stay. I tend to agree. It’s in great shape, in a great neighborhood, and has a lot of space around it. It’s cozy and scaled to a comfortable living scale, and for a single person or couple it would give them space to live, work and still have a guest every now and then. What is not to like?
According to Property Shark, this house is 40 by 26 feet. The driveway, huge lot, and building behind it are part of the same package, at least on their map, but their details about the building in the background are missing. A look at a map of Brooklyn from 1886 shows two timber frame houses on this block at the time: this one and an adjacent one next to it on the left.
According to The Brooklyn Eagle, this house was where Cornelius De Mai Pelletreau and his family lived when the address numbers haven’t changed. He died of a stroke here in 1897 when he was 66 years old. He was born and lived in Brooklyn all his life. He worked for Dime Savings Bank and was a member of the Volunteer Fireman’s Association.
The Pelletreau family has a long history in Long Island and Brooklyn, and Cornelius was a member of the Society of Old Brooklynites. His death on November 23 of this year left behind a widow and five children.
Over the years, bars and iron gates and vinyl siding have been added to the house for security, but otherwise it remains remarkably intact, with a classic Italian scroll portico found in every neighborhood that still has these grand houses.
I always like to walk by here and marvel at the building in the background. Regardless of its use or ownership, this house is still a notable survivor, one of the few timber-framed houses in this immediate area, in a brick and brown stone neighborhood.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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