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The 1891 Caxton Press Building - 171-173 Macdougal Street
On September 28, 1889 the Real Estate Record & Builders' Guide reported that simultaneously the two side-by-side houses on Macdougal Street had been sold "on private terms"--No. 171 to H. Mandelbaum and No. 173 to N. Cohen.  As was often the case, however, ...
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The 1854 Wm. Stanley House - 55 West 19th Street
In the decade prior to the Civil War upscale homes were erected along the block of West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  One of these was No. 55, built for attorney William Stanley on land he leased from John Jacob Astor. Completed in 1854, th...
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The Franz Sigel Monument - Riverside Park at 106th Street
When the Sigel Monument was unveiled in 1907 Riverside Drive was still lined with handsome mansions around 106th Street.  from the collection of the New York Public Library When the German Revolution, sometimes called the March Revolution, erupted in 1848 t...
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The Lost 1853 Everett House - 37 East 17th Street
When this stereopticon slide was produced, Union Square was still residential, as evidenced by the brownstone mansion next door.  (copyright expired) Like his Gramercy Park, Samuel Ruggles's Union Square was an elegant residential enclave with four-story ma...
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Tudor in the Village - 26 Grove Street
In September 1914 the Architectural Record commented on a remarkable project recently completed by heating and ventilation contractors Blake & Williams.  At a time when vintage structures were considered outmoded, they rescued the Federal-style house at No....
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The 1822 William Ross House - 58 Lispenard Street
Neglected and abused, the building shows little hint of its impressive history. In the first decades of the 19th century the area recently known as Lispenard Meadows--a sprawling tract owned by Anthony Lispenard and his wife, the former Alice Rutgers--saw d...
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The 1894 Hart Brothers Stables - 148-150 West 20th Street
In the decades before the outbreak of Civil War the block of West 20th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues was lined mostly with three-story homes built for families of moderate means.  In 1848, for instance, Peter Van Iderstein, a "licensed cartman," ...
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The 1836 William Huyler House - 42 Bedford Street
The original roof line is evidence in the change of brick color. In 1835 William Huyler began construction on a neat two-and-a-half story brick house at No. 42  Bedford Street.  A master mason, Huyler was responsible for erecting several other homes in the ...
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Charles A. Youngs's 1891 Hybrid--59 West 94th Street
Increase M. Grenell acted both as the developer and the builder for his row of seven comfortable rowhouses on West 94th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.  He purchased the plots and hired Charles M. Youngs to design the houses in 1890. Y...
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The Lost "Knickerbocker Cottage" - 6th Avenue at 27th Street
The original Isaac Varian house, the central building, is still relatively unchanged in this etching.  The wings were added around 1815.  from the collection of the New York Public Library According to the New Amsterdam Gazette in 1883, a "Hollander named G...
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