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A History of Capote’s Old Home

In anticipation of the upcoming Evening of Readings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the BHA, our resident architectural historian Montrose Morris has put together a comprehensive history of Truman Capote’s old home on Willow Street. If you’re wondering why the street is named for a tree instead of the rich men for whom many other streets in Brooklyn Heights are named, it’s “Thanks to the foibles of Mrs. Middagh, one of the doyennes of the Heights,” she writes, who insisted that some of the streets be “named after plants and fruits instead of prominent people.” The Greek Revival house, also influenced by Southern plantation homes, has had many illustrious residents and a few low-lifes, too. To read more about the old Truman Capote haunt, its history and the characters who have occupied it, just click here.

Meanwhile, a few words about the reading and our anticipation of it: We are extremely honored to be a part of Monday night’s event. We chose to sponsor a reading at one of the most important cultural and architectural landmarks in Brooklyn Heights because we want to carry on the tradition that Truman Capote was part of: a nurturing community of cultured, generous, worldly and yet locally-focused neighbors. We have beautiful buildings in Brooklyn Heights, yes, and the Brooklyn Heights Association is an integral part of preserving and maintaining them. But Monday night we will be reminded of the wonderful things that sprout from inside these historic walls. And we’re honored to be a part of the effort to create beautiful places to work, live and play within historic, Brownstone Brooklyn.

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