738 Macon Street
738 Macon StreetOur first Brownstone Detectives project, a 175-page House History Book about 738 Macon Street tells the story of an 1892 brownstone (and the history of the land beneath it), located in the Stuyvesant Heights section of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Built by Wilfred “Lucky 13” Burr, it has been owned by seven families throughout its 124-year existence. Fronted by a facade designed by renowned 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, “Lucky 13” purchased the building and lot, completing the structure in 1893. In the process, he added an additional story to the house. The story of this house, incidentally, has become the basis for an episode of the HGTV series, “Who’s Lived in My House?”
231 Cumberland Street
231 Cumberland Street231 Cumberland Street is a 150-page House History Book telling the 165-year story of an antebellum Greek Revival/Italianate house located in the landmarked Fort Greene Historic District. Constructed on the very edge of the old John Jackson Farm by builder John Ross, it was completed in 1852. Afterwards, this house produced several colorful characters who were owners and tenants, as well as many richly compelling stories. There was the reverend who was the son of the founding president of Indiana University, the man who became rich carting \"night soil\", and the owner who was the attorney one of one of the more sinister mobsters portrayed in the movie “Goodfellas” - “Big Paulie” Vario. One story topped them all, however - the bevy of 1970s-era love letters discovered during the home’s renovation which revealed an incredible connection to the current owners.