East Village Building Blocks

29 St. Mark’s Place | Block : 464 | Lot #45

  • Building Date : 1833
  • Original Use : Residential
  • Original Owner : Thomas E. Davis
  • Original Architect : Unknown

Description & Building Alterations

This property was once part of Peter Stuyvesant’s Bouwerie and purchased by real estate developer Thomas E. Davis, who developed Eighth Street into St. Mark’s Place. It was built as a single-family home of three stories in 1833 and tenementized in the 1870s. From 1856 through 1859, this building hosted the Harmonie Club, a German-Jewish singing club. By the late 19th century, the building was most likely being used as a boarding or lodging house, as many colorful incidents of various residents’ were reported during the time.

In the 1930s, the building housed offices for Polish organizations and businesses. Artist-poet George Schneeman lived with his wife Katie and their family in this building from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. Schneedman was the unofficial artist-in-residence of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, who worked often with poet-collaborators Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett.

Block : 464 / Lot : 45 / Building Date : 1833 / Original Owner : Thomas E. Davis / Original Use : Residential / Original Architect : Unknown

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