1. Sylvan Terrace (1882)
Sylvan Terrace is a cobblestone residential street in Washington Heights lined with 19th century wooden rowhomes that were designed by Gilbert R. Robinson. To enter the Sylvan Terrace, there is a little stone wall with a staircase.
This hidden terrace is actually the driveway of the 1765 Morris-Jumel Mansion estate. When the mansion was sold in the 1800s, when this land was largely rural, in 1882 twenty uniform high-stooped yellow, green, and brown houses were built along the drive. The purpose of these houses were to house the laborers and working class servants, which included a grocer and a feed dealer. For upkeep of these houses, they are covered in the aluminum siding that they were built with and isn’t it amazing how these houses have survived for almost 130 years?
Go check out these rare wooden houses that serve either as museums or still functional homes. Are you now in the market for a rare, historical wooden home?
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