More Far West Village Landmarking Advances
Photos left to right: 150 Barrow Street; 159 Charles Street (on right); 354 West 11th Street
Far West Village Landmarking Progress Continues: Following through on the City’s 2005 promise to extend landmark and zoning protections in the Far West Village, on Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation ‘calendared’ (i.e. began the formal process of considering for landmark designation) three individual buildings in the Far West Village — 150 Barrow Street (the Keller Hotel), 159 Charles Street, and 354 West 11th Street. (New York Times article about former Hotel.)
GVSHP is especially happy to see the City move forward with consideration of landmark designation of the Keller Hotel, one of three remaining intact former maritime hotels along the Greenwich Village waterfront, and the only one not protected by landmark designation (the former American Seamen’s Friend Society Hotel was landmarked in 1999, and the former Holland Hotel is part of the Weehawken Street Historic District GVSHP helped secure designation of earlier this year).
Additionally, the former Keller Hotel has been in a state of disrepair for many years, with a planned renovation in limbo; we are hopeful that landmark designation will help secure its seemingly tenuous future.
In 2005, in response to the campaign led by GVSHP for landmark protections for the Far West Village, the City announced a plan to extend the Greenwich Village Historic District three blocks west, create a new Weehawken Street Historic District, and designate eight individual landmarks in the Far West Village (map). The Greenwich Village Historic District extension and Weehawken Street Historic District were designated in May of this year. These three buildings are the first of the promised eight designations, which also includes the entire Westbeth complex, Charles Lane, 370 and 372 West 11th Street, and 110 Horatio Street.