On Tuesday, November 1, The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to calendar the Linden Street Historic District in Bushwick to potentially consider the area a historical landmark.
The Linden Street Historic District is home to a collection of rowhouses that display some of Brooklyn’s distinct architectural styles. This group of 32 brick and brownstone rowhouses on Linden Street between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue were built between 1885 and 1901, representing a range of late-19th-century architectural styles, according to officials.
The commission notes that these homes were built during Bushwick’s period of rapid urbanization brought on by the nearby Broadway elevated train line that created the opportunity “for a thriving transportation and commercial corridor” when it opened back in 1888. This train line influenced the development of nearly all the surrounding vacant lots into rowhouses.
While many of the rowhouses built during this period have been altered throughout the years, the ones on Linden Street have been practically untouched. According to the commission, this district is comprised of four separate groupings of homes each with its own architectural style including Queen Anne-style architecture, Neo-Grec style architecture, and different styles of Renaissance Revival architecture.
According to officials, these houses represent “a highly successful integration of late 19th-century styles,” considering them architectural artifacts that should be safeguarded.
The LPC will host a public hearing about this topic in the near future before calling a vote.