Preserving Federal Era Row Houses
Updated and Expanded Report: Saving Federal Houses
57 Sullivan Street, 1816 House, Landmarked after 14 year Effort
Saving Federal Houses (1790-1835) -- GVSHP Report
After nearly half-century wait, 200 year old house at 57 Sullivan Street to finally receive landmark designation
Deatils on City's Vastly Improved Landmarks Backlog Plan
Landmarks Preservation Commission Takes Better Route on "De-Calendaring"
Facing Mass Opposition, City Drops Plan for Mass Decalendaring of Potential Landmarks
Urgent Preservation Alert: City Proposes Mass 'De-Calendaring' of One Hundred Structures Under Consideration for Landmark Status
Historic progress on GVSHP landmarking efforts 06/23/09
LPC to hold landmarking hearing on 57 Sullivan Street 06/17/09
Two more Federal-Era houses GVSHP fought to protect are
City considers designation of five more houses today 10/19/04
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GVSHP, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the Endangered Building Initiative (EBI) have called upon the city to protect thirteen outstanding federal era rowhouses in Lower Manhattan by designating them as landmarks. Federal row houses were built between the 1790s and the early 1830s, and embodied a newly created “American” architectural style, meant to visually reflect the identity of the young, emerging independent democracy.
Remarkably, about 300 of these houses survive in Lower Manhattan, some in pristine condition, some altered almost beyond recognition. And while many are protected by individual landmark designation or as part of historic districts, more than half of the houses have no protection at all, and these unique historic structures could be lost at any time.
In the late 1990s, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation began the process of documenting all of these incredible survivors, with an eye toward seeing them designated and preserved (this initial study was funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts). The study was continued and its work greatly expanded by historian Susan DeVries. While a few of these structures have been designated landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, most remain unprotected.