131 Charles Street

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131 Charles Street
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131 Charles Street is located in Manhattan
131 Charles Street
131 Charles Street is located in New York City
131 Charles Street
Location Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′4″N 74°0′28″W / 40.73444°N 74.00778°W / 40.73444; -74.00778Coordinates: 40°44′4″N 74°0′28″W / 40.73444°N 74.00778°W / 40.73444; -74.00778
Built 1834 (1834)
Architect Probably David Christie
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference # 72000866[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 3, 1972
Designated NYCL April 19, 1966

131 Charles Street is a Federal style townhouse in the West Village, New York City.[2]

It is located on Charles Street and near Greenwich Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.[3] The red brick Federal two-story-over-raised-basement townhouse with a dormer attic was built in 1834 by David Christie, a stone cutter, for about $2,600. The brick is laid in the Flemish bond pattern.

"These residences of the 1820s were almost all builder's, carpenter's, or stonemason's homes, and there were several blocks of them at one time. in 1899 Montgomery Schuyler, the critic, wrote that they were 'the most respectable and artistic pattern of habitation New York has ever known.'" The house was listed April 19, 1966, as a New York City Landmark.[4]

The structure is noteworthy for containing all original window frames and lintels (except in the dormers)[4] At least until 1971, when the property was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, the trim was white and many original interior features of the house remained. Some minor exterior changes were made during the Victorian period. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It is determined to be significant for its architecture.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Stephen S. Lash and Ellen Rosebrock Associates (November 1, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: 131 Charles Street House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 2, 2008. See also: "Accompanying photo, from 1966".
  3. ^ Norval White and Elliot Willensky, AIA Guide to New York City, rev. ed., (New York: Collier Books, 1978)
  4. ^ a b Landmarks Preservation Commission LP-0212

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