A History of East Village Rowhouses: A Panel Discussion
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Featuring Felicia Mayro, Kevin Murphy, Marci Reaven, and Elizabeth Finkelstein
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Kevin Murphy's book The Houses of Greenwich Village.
Kevin Murphy's book The American Townhouse.
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A History of East Village Rowhouses:
A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, May 4
6:30- 8:00 P.M.
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson Street (at Washington Square South)
Free; reservations required.
Though known primarily for its collection of late 19th and early 20th century tenement buildings, the East Village is home to a surprising number of rowhouses that have survived from the neighborhood’s earliest years. These 150-200 year old homes have seen the neighborhood through several evolutions—from working waterfront, to immigrant melting pot, to home to the largest Jewish community in the world, to bohemian epicenter. Learn how the East Village’s fine collection of rowhouses are much more than brick, brownstone, and mortar and discover how and why they developed, which of them still remain today, and how they have had an indelible impact on this unique community.
Panelists will include: Elizabeth Finkelstein, GVSHP Director of Preservation and Research, who will explore some specific rowhouse examples and stories from GVSHP’s current East Village survey; Marci Reaven, Vice President of History Exhibits at the New York Historical Society, who will investigate the cultural and social history of the East Village that led to the building of these homes; and Kevin Murphy, noted architectural historian, who will examine the architectural details and styles of these charming glimpes into the past.