51 St. Mark’s Place | Block : 450 | Lot #49
Description & Building Alterations
This five-story with basement building was erected in 1899, designed by architect Schneider & Herter. Its facade features a bracketed cornice with an ornate frieze, varied elaborate window enframements with fluted pilasters and round-arched pediments at the third story, molded beltcourses, round-arched window openings at second and fourth stories, and segmental-arched windows with keystones at the first story. The entrance enframement features columns in molded surrounds, supporting a bracketed entablature.
In the early 1980s the building housed 51X, a contemporary art gallery with exhibitions showing works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and The Sex Pistols’ front man, Johnny Rotten. Opened in 1981, it became a prominent player in the East Village Arts scene with specialization in graffiti art.
Block : 450 / Lot : 049 / Building Date : 1899 / Original Owner : Gustav Dohreuwend / Original Use : Residential / Original Architect : Schneider & Herter