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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Washington Square North

One of doorways of "the Row" on Washington Square North, once a center of gentility in NYC in the 1830s -- a good example of one of our best eras for architecture and decorative arts, now remains one of the last survivors of that era and is still in constant use. It is considered one of the finest rows of Greek Revival houses in the country. Romanticized in novels like "Washington Square" by Henry James, and "Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton, this Row started out as the home of the wealthiest and later became inhabited by Village bohemians and many legendary artists, such as Edward Hopper and Albert Pinkham Ryder who were inspired by the environs. In 1939 the row of townhouses numbered 7-13 were gutted and converted to an apartment house, retaining the facades, with a common entrance on Fifth Avenue around the corner. They are now NYU residences. Number 8 in the photo was once the former residence of the mayor. You can see these doorways from the Park, and it is peaceful to look on such a strong reminder of the past still vibrant in the present.

12 comments:

Vancouver Daily Photo said...

I love it! I assume it is very pricey!

Brian said...

Sorry - they are owned by NYU and used as residences for their faculty, etc.
None of the residences on Washington Square are for sale.
Brian

Lorethian said...

Great photo and story.




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Nuno said...

I tought there were a lot of these kind of doors in NY, at least is the image i get from movies.

Anne said...

Wow that's a beautiful door step! Love it!

midnitebara said...

Yes, just like Nuno I often see this doors at movies. Very charming!

Michel said...
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Michel said...

Hi Lucy and Brian,

Thanks for yours photos of NYC. I've been there last year and I will never forget your city.

I try to send you an email but I can't find your address.
Can we exchange links ? I try to publish, weekly, a photo about Paris (France). Have a look on www.spirit-of-paris.com and if you like to, send me a email on contact@spirit-of-paris.com

Bye, Michel

mea said...

This could have easily been taken in Richmond as well!

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