In November 1965, New York City Landmarks Preservation designated Brooklyn Heights as the city’s first historic district, protecting remaining historical buildings. Today, tearing down a house like the one pictured would not be possible because of the neighborhood’s landmarked status. To learn more about this, be sure to check out the exhibit Preserving Historic Brooklyn Heights on view now at Brooklyn Historical Society.
This photograph comes from the Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks collection. This collection includes black and white photographs taken by Armbruster, circa 1920-1930. Armburster was an amateur photographer who lived in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and worked at a cigar box manufacturing company. He photographed extensively in the New York City area, including street scenes in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. To view more photographs by Armbruster, check out this gallery.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org