Picture C shows houses number 730 to 732A on the south side of Carroll Street. This photograph demonstrates the diversity in the appearance of same style Italianate brownstones. The multicolored block shows the different homeowners desire for individuality expressed through the color of their homes. Despite the modern twist on these brownstones the traditional ornaments on these row houses enhance the streetscape. The cornices, windows, stoops and doorways all constructed in line gives a sweeping vista to the pedestrian’s eyes and is a characteristic of this Italianate style. These buildings, although appearing to be similar to the traditional Italianate style, have been modified to improve the overall façade. The modifications can be seen in the red and blue buildings, which have been plastered over in order to recreate the brownstone façade. One can see such differences also by comparing the red and blue houses to the middle more traditional brownstone building. One can also notice that the two colorful buildings do not inhabit the original doors as seen in the middle house. These modern doors are again a result of the individual homeowners taste. Because this area of Brooklyn, Park Slope, attracts a more liberal and free thinking population compared to many other areas of the Borough, seeing Brownstones painted colors other than the original brown is common. These colors are a result of the liberal communities desire to not only express individuality in clothing but also in life style, including the environment in which one chooses to live. These few house show how the ideas of what a beautiful brownstone is, has changed overtime. If people from the 1850’s saw houses painted like different colors they would probably cause commotion and would have considered it tacky, as the original beauty of the style was in how uniformed the streetscape appeared.
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