Brooklyn structure in Cobble Hill at 385 Henry Avenue
The low, mixed-use building at 385 Henry Street in Cobble Hill is a humble 19th century survivor who managed to hold onto his corner lot over the centuries. The 1870s buildings were previously a Building of the Day, and Suzanne Spellen noted that because of its location in the Cobble Hill Historic District, “this little 19th
Located on the corner of Henry Street and Warren Street, the building has commercial space on the ground floor and living space above which, with all those windows, undoubtedly flooded with light.
Those who just quickly walk past the building and look at the storefronts might assume that it is a functional building. If you take the time to look up, a nice level of detail is revealed. Dentil brick lintels tower above the arched windows on the second floor.
An angular cornice surrounds the two exposed facades of the building and holds out more than against the cornice of the adjacent higher row houses.
The architect is unknown, but the naming report dates the building to 1871. An 1880 Brooklyn Atlas by GWBromley identifies the building as a stable. In the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, mentions of other trading companies appear in the building, including a lunch counter from the 1930s.
The building was converted into condominiums in 2009 and is now home to a cleaner, Pilates studio and apartments.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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