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326 & 328 East 4th Street


Support expanded landmark protections in the East Village

Press Conference Photoset 11/16/10

Images of 326 & 328 East 4th Street

Press release on calls for landmarking of 326 & 328 E. 4th St. 11/16/10

Letter to LPC about the Jewish history of 328 East 4th Street 10/28/10

Determination of Eligibility for listing on State and National Register of Historic Places 10/01/10

GVSHP & EVCC’s second follow-up letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission 08/20/10

GVSHP & EVCC’s follow-up letter to the LPC 08/13/10

LPC’s response letter to GVSHP & EVCC’s landmarking request 08/12/10

GVSHP & EVCC’s letter to the LPC requesting evaluation of 326 & 328 East 4th Street 08/06/10

Support for Landmarking:

From Council Member Rosie Mendez 09/23/10

From State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh 09/29/10

From the Historic Districts Council 08/11/10

From the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society 09/30/10

From Joyce Mendelsohn, author of The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited 10/01/10


328 and 326 East 4th Street, located between Avenues C and D, are two miraculous survivors whose histories reflect the East Village’s remarkable transformation over the past two hundred years.

GVSHP has unearthed incredible documentation showing the house’s original owner built the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean (nearby Avenue D was the East River’s edge, which in the early 19th century was full of working piers before shipping activity shifted to the wider and deeper Hudson); that in the late 19th century these houses were transformed from homes of successful merchants into tenements to house the waves of immigrants moving into the area; that in the early 20th century 326 and 328 East 4th Street were converted to house a Hungarian Synagogue, as the Lower East Side became the largest Jewish community in the world; and that in the 1970s, they became the home of the Uranian Phalanstry, a self-described “anarchist utopian commune for practitioners of art and cosmology,” which still resides there today.

Amazingly, through all of these changes, the architectural detail of these 170 year old houses remains remarkably intact. We hope that this, along with the incredible history we have documented, will convince the the Landmarks Preservation Commission to take a second look at these buildings, and not allow them to be destroyed on their watch.

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