Brooklyn Heights

Renovations of the ‘Truman Capote house’ in Brooklyn Heights is complete

October 10, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
70 Willow St., where Truman Capote lived. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

The restoration of 70 Willow St. in Brooklyn Heights, where Truman Capote wrote parts of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood,” has evidently been completed, now that the wooden front doors are back in place.

The circa-1839 residence where Capote rented a basement apartment from 1955 to 1965 has been getting a touch-up during the summer, according to Brownstoner. The owners, “Grand Theft Auto” creator Dan Houser and his wife Krystyna, received a special permit from the Landmarks Preservation Commission specifically for work on the doors.

The permit allowed the owners to replace the existing modern-looking paneling on the inside of the doors with new laminated wood panels in period design, Brownstoner reported.

When Capote lived there, he was so enchanted with the neighborhood that he wrote an essay about it, “A House on the Heights.” In 2016, Houser removed the house’s exterior yellow paint to reveal the original brick.

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