What is a Brownstone?

By Elizabeth Finkelstein.

I’ve wanted to live in a brownstone for as long as I can remember. While I work toward that multi-million dollar goal (wish me luck!) I’m spending my days finding fun facts about brownstones that you probably didn’t know. For instance: Did you know you could zipline over the original quarries from which most of New York’s brownstone came?


Elizabeth is the founder of CIRCA and a practicing writer, architectural historian and preservation consultant living in Brooklyn, NY. Elizabeth has loved historic houses for as long as she can remember, having grown up in an 1850’s Greek Revival gem that was lovingly restored by her parents. Elizabeth, her husband Ethan and their beagle Banjo remain on a relentless hunt for their perfect “Thanksgiving house.”

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