DiMola Bros trash company encounters Brooklyn Heights brownstone history in Brooklyn interior demolition job
A few years back on a Brooklyn interior demolition job, I was lucky enough to work in an old brownstone church located at 102 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights. I did the job several years ago but recently came across these photos, which brought back some memories.
We were hired to knock down the arched wall, and you can see the before-and-after pictures here. But what we didn’t know was that taking out the wall would lead us to a beautiful olden wooden door that was actually living in the drywall.
There were supposed to be pocket doors on both sides of the arch, but one was missing. We found it sealed into the wall, sandwiched between the plaster. It was 10 feet tall with beautifully etched glass in mint condition, and it had to be more than 100 years old. I wish I had better pictures to show the intricacy and beauty of the stained glass — it was definitely a find worth remembering.
Unfortunately, but understandably so, the owners of the place asked us to please leave the door on the job site. I’m hoping they at least put it on display after the demolition — but who knows? I’m grateful to have found the old door, and it further establishes my belief that this interior demolition gig never gets old or boring, always revealing history about various New York neighborhoods and communities.
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