Boerum Hill Historic District

Boerum Hill Historic District

Boerum Hill Historic District

Borough and State: Brooklyn, New York

Listed: 1973

Type of district: National Register historic district, state historic district, local historic district

Main Intersection: Bond and Dean Streets, with Pacific, Nevine, Bergen, Wyckoff, and Hoyt Streets surrounding

 Boerum Hill National Register Historic District Report

 Boerum Hill National Register Historic District Map


The Boerum Hill Historic District represents a rare and historically significant expression of urban middle-class housing of the mid 19th century. The neighborhood, which originally offered economical housing to local merchants and businessmen, is comprised of approximately 250 row houses and several small-scale commercial structures built between 1845 and 1890. The district is characterized by its modest scale, visual coherence and architectural integrity.

The majority of the row houses were designed in a modified Greek Revival or Italianate style although excellent examples of the Gothic Revival, French Second Empire, Greek Revival and Queen Anne styles also occur within the area and contribute to the district’s qualities. The residences within the district are constructed almost entirely of brick and feature a 3-bay, 3-story configuration with projecting stoops, below grade areaways and straight, projecting cornices. Although a number of the buildings within the district have suffered minor alterations or the loss of detailing, all but a handful retain their original architectural integrity in large measure.