204 East 13th Street | Block : 468 | Lot #11
Description & Building Alterations
Likely built circa 1875, 204 East 13th Street is a lovely four story Neo-Grec building with incised brownstone lintels and a pressed-metal cornice with brackets and modillions. According to tax assessment records, from 1858 to 1875 the building on Lot 11 was 20 by 24 feet, two stories, and valued at $8,500. The following year, the building was 23 by 60 feet, five stories, and valued at $13,000. Given the inflation in value and size, it is probable that the former building was demolished and a new building constructed. Oddly, the tax assessment records only show a five story building at this location until 1883, when they show a four story building instead. Given that the footprint does not conform the the 1879 tenement law, it is unlikely that 1882-83 is another build date, and more likely that a floor was removed from the standing structure.
In 1964, the distinguished solo pianist and composer Randy Weston lived at this address. Weston was known for devoting his career to exploring jazz’s rich African roots.
Block : 468 / Lot : 011 / Building Date : 1875 / Original Owner : J. Foster / Original Use : Residential/Commercial / Original Architect : Unknown