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Aug 2, 2021


In This Issue

New Building at Perry & Washington Gets Landmarks Review Thursday
 • Historic Images Added to GVSHP Archives – East Village, Sheridan Square, and moreUpdated and Expanded Report:  Saving Federal Houses

Proposed New Building at Perry & Washington Gets Landmarks Review Tuesday

Above, from top left, clockwise: Existing building, 2008 approved hotel, 2017 current proposal, 2010 approved residential development.

Next Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hear and consider a proposed design for a pair of new buildings at the corner of Perry and Washington Streets in the Greenwich Village Historic District.  GVSHP is urging the Commission not to approve the design as proposed, and we encourage the public to attend the hearing and/or send letters to the LPC in advance. 

The site currently contains an altered 2-story ‘no style’ brick commercial building which the LPC has already ok’d for demolition.  In 2010, GVSHP and neighbors successfully fought to get this and other nearby sites rezoned to limit the size of new development and prevent hotel construction.  A prior larger hotel development had been approved by the LPC for the site in 2009 (before the rezoning), and then a scaled-back residential development was approved for the site but never built.

A new owner has put forward a new proposal for the site for a large single-family home and a smaller connected apartment building for his family; view the application here and here.  The good news:  the proposed new buildings are even smaller than those previously approved, and the scale makes sense for this part of the West Village.  The bad news:  the design of the apartment building is starkly modern and the single-family home appears fortress-like and massive, in spite of its relatively modest dimensions for buildings in this area.  GVSHP is calling for the design to be reconsidered to make it truly compatible with this special part of the West Village, and to make a real contribution to the historic district.

How To Help:

  • Click here to send a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them not to approve the proposed design and to call for changes to the design to make it fit in with the neighborhood

  • Attend the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on Tuesday, February 7th at the LPC hearing room, Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th Floor. Use the sample letter as a basis for testimony (limited to 3 minutes; submitted written testimony can be any length). Hearing time will be announced late Friday; check here or sign up for an email notification.


Historic Images Added to GVSHP Archives – East Village, Sheridan Square, and More

GVSHP has recently expanded our online historic image archives, a collection of hundreds of photographs, paintings, etchings, and colored postcard views of the Village, East Village, NoHo, and surrounding areas.  Images can be as recent as ten years old (typically of buildings which have since been demolished or changed dramatically), to more than two hundred years old.  Explore them all by image and collection list or by map.

The recent additions are collections which focus on:

Do you have a collection of old images of our neighborhoods that you would like to share with the world?  Contact if you are interested in making a donation to our image archive.

Updated and Expanded Report: Saving Federal Houses

(Above, left to right: 134, 114, and 81 Sullivan Street, just a few of the federal style rowhouses newly landmarked and updated in GVSHP’s Federal Rowhouses report.)

GVSHP has expanded and updated our report Making the Case:  Federal Houses Landmarked or Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places 1999-2016 to include several Federal Style houses (1790-1835) recently landmarked as part of the designation of the Sullivan-Thompson Historic District GVSHP secured in December.  It’s an exhaustive catalogue of nearly one hundred fifty of these charming and historic structures for which GVSHP has been able to get landmarks and/or State and National Register of Historic Places protections over the last two decades. Read it here.

Protecting and preserving Federal Style houses is a special part of GVSHP’s mission.  In 1997, GVSHP received a grant from Preserve New York, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of NY State to document the hundreds of these suriving structures in Lower Manhattan.  Since then, through individual landmark designations and inclusion in historic district designations and State and National Register of Historic Places listings, GVSHP has gotten recognition and protections for a huge number of these structures.  As some of the oldest surviving buildings in Manhattan designed in the very first architectural style of the newly established American republic, federal style houses are a critical part of our history and the fabric of our neighborhoods. 

Read the updated report HERE and explore more about federal houses preservation efforts here.

The GVSHP Blog

Check out the latest posts from Off the Grid, featuring news, research, milestones, opinions and historic information about Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

Take Action Today!

We need your help to take action in our communities! Preservation leadership is GVSHP's most important function. Visit our Advocacy page to see the full list of actions you can take today.



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