Cheek By Jowl On Quincy Street
While most blocks in Bed-Stuy contain rows of brownstones, occasionally interrupted by new construction or vacant lots, Quincy Street between Bedford and Nostrand is different. The housing stock on this stretch of Quincy features several examples of detached and semi-detached Victorian houses that look like they migrated north from Kensington or Ditmas Park.
Unfortunately, few of these homes have survived intact into the 21st century. But with a little imagination, you can look beneath the siding and additions to see what used to be.
Brownstones near Bedford Ave. are more typical of the neighborhood.
Victorian brick with Mansard roof, quoining and dentils. The porch rails and square brick columns are not original, and the garage was added later.
Detached Victorian homes victimized by aluminum siding.
New construction that looks like it landed from Mars, or possibly Atlanta.
Wood-frame Victorian obscured by single-story brick front (a later addition, probably from the 1930s).
Underneath that siding there is probably a fine (if decayed) Victorian mansion. I love the symmetrical side bays. That's a Mansard roof up there.
Fire-engine red painted lady! You can see that the porch and ground floor have been "restored."
A Victorian lady still sports its side turret, although the modern brick addition in front does its best to conceal the house's origins.