738-macon* 738 Macon Street – an 1892 brownstone, located in the Stuyvesant East section of Bedford-Stuyvesant, this structure was built by Wilfred “Lucky 13” Burr, and has been owned by seven families through its 122-year existence. Designed by Architect Amzi Hill, the house was initially meant to be a 3-story structure. After falling into foreclosure several times before the structure was completed, however, the building and lot were finally purchased and structure completed in 1893. After “Lucky 13” purchased the building in a foreclosure tax sale, he completed the building by adding an additional story to the house, and, in the process, turning a 9-room house into a 13-room house. Additionally, the house became the 13th house on the block. Subsequent to the first owner purchasing the house, an odd series of deaths occurred – one each year for five consecutive years – which caused some to feel that the house was cursed (this story, incidentally, has become the basis for an episode of the HGTV series, “Who’s Lived in My House?”). The expansive history of this property turned up more than 350 pages of information (stories, pictures, official documents, architectural drawings, &c.) related to the house, which formed the material for The Brownstone Detectives’s first House History Book.

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