Endangered Buildings Initiative

67 Greenwich St.

67 Greenwich St.
67 Greenwich St.

67 Greenwich St., Manhattan

This modest commercial building is located near the foot of Greenwich Street, straddling the original shoreline of Lower Manhattan. It has stood since 1811, making it a rare survivor from the Federal era. Originally, it was a large private house, one of the many then fronting Greenwich Street, when it was home to many of the city’s leading families.

The building has an unusual, elliptical bay on the rear facade, leading some to attribute the design to Pierre L’Enfant. While that attribution is erroneous, according to architectural historian Andrew Dolkart, it is a form characteristic of the Federal style that has no known equal on other remaining buildings of the period in New York City.

The building was first heard for designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1967 and then again in 2004, after spending 37 years on the Commission’s ‘Heard But Not Designated List.’ It was finally given landmark status in June 2005, and the designation was opposed by the owner, but sustained by the City Council and approved by the Mayor.

In addition, meticulous research by historian Susan DeVries was co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Her findings led the State Historic Preservation Officer to declare that 67 Greenwich Street is eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. This step makes federal investment tax credit benefits available for an appropriate rehabilitation.

Both before and after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, this building has stood vacant and deteriorating, now nearby to the site of lost lives and buildings. It is a sad shell with great promise. Redevelopment planners, recognizing its historical importance, have provided for its retention and restoration as part of the new downtown. However, without its owner’s active cooperation, 67 Greenwich Street remains the most endangered Federal-era building in Lower Manhattan.

Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan
Building use type: Mixed Use
Condition: Poor
Year built: 1810
Style: Federal
Predominant materials: Masonry
NYC Designation Status: Landmark
National Designation Status: Eligible
Lot width: 40
Lot depth: 74
Building width: 41
Building depth: 68
Zoning: C5

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