Jane and Thor Rinden’s Brownstone: A Brooklyn Renovation

Two recent articles highlighted the meticulous and lovingly documented renovation the Rindens did of their Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn brownstone.

In the New York Times Real Estate section, C. J. Hughes discussed the project in A Brooklyn Brownstone with History:

Long before the design-blog era, the Rindens chronicled a five-year renovation process with remarkable detail in elegantly produced essays and photo albums — from hauling bricks from a demolished hospital for a garden path, to restoring a parquet floor, piece by piece.

In Making a Life in Brooklyn: Carroll Gardens Brownstoners in the 1960s, Susan De Vries provides a more detailed look at the Rindens’ renovation process:

It was a time in Brooklyn when two schoolteachers with adventurous spirits and a willingness to get their hands dirty could cobble together enough money to buy their own slice of the borough…. The couple weren’t alone in their home-ownership journey, they were joining other brownstoners who were finding the 19th century housing stock of Brooklyn alluring and inexpensive. While fights over urban renewal and slum clearance plans were raging in the city, people were rejecting suburbia and reclaiming the historic architecture and neighborhoods of the borough.

The journal of the Rindens’ renovation project is now in the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library. Contact the Estate of Jane Rinden if you would like more information.

A Spread from Thor Rinden’s renovation journals.

A Spread from Thor Rinden’s renovation journals.

A view of the house in 2018.

A view of the house in 2018.

Jane Rinden working on the house (from thor’s renovation journal), c. 1972.

Jane Rinden working on the house (from thor’s renovation journal), c. 1972.

The Intricate, Handmade Cards of Brooklyn Artist Thor Rinden

The Brownstoner recently published a feature article about Thor Rinden’s handmade cards. Excerpt:

Thor Rinden had a thing for making cards. He made them for his wife, Jane Rinden, on pretty much every Valentine’s day throughout their long marriage. He would make invitations for dinner parties and produce a special card each holiday season… These were not Hallmark knockoffs filled with clichéd greetings. Each card was beautifully handmade, with intricate detail in the design and illustration, and filled with witty wordplay.

Read the entire article by Craig Hubert in the Dec. 18, 2018 Brownstoner at this link.


Spotlight: Most Popular Properties

In November of 2018, Jane and Thor Rinden’s brownstone was featured as in the New York Times Real Estate Section as one of its “most popular properties."

You can see the feature in the Times at this link.
Two other articles about the house are in the article above.