4. Twin Wood Houses in Turtle Bay (1866)

Just before the New York City passed a law banning wood houses up to 86th Street, two wooden frame houses at 312 and 314 East 53rd Street were built in 1866. Two carpenters decided to build these twin clapboard houses in the French Empire style on the Old Eastern Post roadbed. They include mansard roods, bracketed cornices, and round-hooded dormer windows.

The twin wooden homes have survived in Manhattan via industrial change when factories, tenements, and slaughterhouses were being built and for this these sister homes are breathtaking to see.