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The Warren-Van Nest Mansion - Bleecker and Charles Streets
The house as it appeared in 1854.  Valentine's Manual, from the collection of the New York Public Library Although the Warren family was Irish, it was considered "in the pale," or highly favored by the British.  Peter Warren was  born in 1703 and by the tim...

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The 1903 Heyl & Noethen Bldg - No. 9 West 19th Street
In 1850 Livingston Satterlee constructed a three-story brick-faced home at No. 9 West 19th Street.  A mirror-image of No. 7 , the 25-foot wide residence featured the elegant details expected of wealthy homeowners just steps from Fifth Avenue. By the 1880s i...

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Albert Wagner's 134-136 Spring Street
In October 1894 architect and developer Albert Wagner purchased the "old buildings" at Nos. 134 and 136 Spring Street, and at Nos. 84 through 88 Wooster Street.  The properties, which formed an L, cost Wagner nearly $200,000; and the Real Estate Record & Gu...

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Marble Remnants - 1220-1224 Lexington Avenue
The British-born millionaire Joseph Richardson was listed as both architect and builder in 1880.  That year he began construction on three Italianate rowhouses at Nos, 1220 through 1224 Lexington Avenue, between 82nd and 83rd Streets.  The cost to erect the...

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The William K. Dick Mansion - 7 East 84th Street
A garage had been carved into the limestone base by the early 21st century photo via In the first decade following the end of the Civil War, builder Philip Braender got into the speculative development frenzy on the Upper East Side.  By 1892...

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Clarence True's Quaint Nos. 316-326 West 85th Street
By the dawn of the 20th century architect Clarence F. True had designed so many structures west of Central Park that he would later be called "the face of the Upper West Side."  His personal take on historic styles often resulted in hybrids--Elizabethan Rev...

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The Lost Blossom Mansion -- 844 Fifth Avenue
On May 30, 1891 the Record & Guide published a photo of the nearly-completed renovation. ( copyright expired) Howard Meyer and his wife, the former Minnie P. Cole Randall, and
their daughter Ellen Rowena, lived comfortably at No. 844 Fifth Avenue in
the lat...

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From Millionaire's Home to English Pub - 8 East 36th St
In 1852 John Jay Phelps, Isaac N. Phelps and William E. Dodge purchased the block front on Madison Road (later renamed Madison Avenue) between 35th and 36th Streets, and began construction of their handsome brownstone mansions.  They were planting the seeds...

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The Edward Durell Stone House - 130 East 64th Street
The facade originally matched that of the house next door, to the right. The first decade following the end of the Civil War saw rapid development of the Upper West Side.  In 1878 developer Richard Hennessey completed a row of five surprisingly narrow house...

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Bronner & Tyron's 1898 No. 530 Broadway
 In 1853 the Collamore House opened on the northeast corner of Broadway and Spring Street.  For nearly half a century the five-story stone-faced hotel hosted travelers as well as well-known names like Stephen Foster.  But as the century drew to a close the ...
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