Two More 'Federal-Era' Houses GVSHP Fought To Protect Are Landmarked 7/24/07
Two 1820 Houses GVSHP & NY Landmarks Conservancy Proposed for Landmarking to be Considered April 10th
Five More Of Our Federal Houses Considered for Landmark Designation by the City -- 1/31/07
Fifth of Thirteen Federal Houses Proposed by GVSHP for Landmarking is Designated -- 6/26/05
Two More Federal Houses GVSHP Proposed for Landmarking Advance -- 10/19/2004
Three of GVSHP's Thirteen
Proposed Federal Houses Designated as Landmarks -- 6/8/2004
the Commission for Landmarking Five of Thirteen Federal
Houses, AND URGE THEM TO KEEP GOING --
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GVSHP Receives Grant to Begin Federal Rowhouse Study in 1998
Village Society for Historic Preservation, 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" rowhouses were built between the
1790's and the early 1830's, and embodied a newly created "American"
architectural style, meant to visually reflect the identity of the young,
emerging independent democracy.
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
1990's, 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.
document, compiled by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, contains photographs
and background information about the federal rowhouse, and highlights thirteen
of the most outstanding unprotected remaining examples of them in Lower
Manhattan. We, along with the Conservancy and EBI are urging the Landmarks
Preservation Commission to designate all of them as landmarks. Those on
Greenwich Street near the World Trade Center site, after having survived the
disaster of September 11, face the threat of demolition due to redevelopment
plans for Lower Manhattan. Others, like the three houses on MacDougal Street,
remain vulnerable to institutional or private development due to their prime
location near Washington Square Park, and their collective formation of a large
potential development parcel.
If you would
like to support designation of these 13 wonderful federal survivors, please
send a brief note to Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney,
One Centre Street 9th floor, NY NY 10007, fax 212/669-7797, or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also send a copy to GVSHP at 232 East 11th Street,
NY NY 10003, or fax 212/475-9582, or email@example.com.
Federal Row Houses Proposed as Landmarks'
from the New York Times, March 21, 2004
Elected Officials Support Effort to Landmark 13 Federal