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10.11.11 RFE Response

10.11.11 RFE Response

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 October 11, 2011Mary Beth BettsDirector of ResearchNew York City Landmarks Preservation CommissionOne Centre Street, 9
floorNew York, NY 10007
Re: Request for Evaluation for 285 and 287 East 3
Street, Manhattan
Dear Ms. Betts:Thank you for your response to our RFE of March 2011 requesting that the Commission calendarthe 1837 Greek Revival sister buildings at 285 & 287 East 3
Street. We appreciate that youoffered a detailed explanation as to why you are not recommending that the Commissionconsider the building for individual landmark designation, but differ with the assertion that the buildings are unlike other individually-landmarked Greek Revival buildings in the city. We wishto point out individual landmarks of comparable age, style and cultural significance in the hopesthat you will reconsider your determination.No. 159 Charles Street (1838) and 354 West 11
Street (1840-41), photos of which are attached, aretwo Greek Revival rowhouses designated as individual landmarks in 2007. Both are located inthe Far West Village, a neighborhood that, with its maritime past, shares important historic traitswith the far east section of the East Village. Like 285 & 287 East 3
Street, these two buildings arenot high style (as the Commission’s letter indicates that they need be) but rather excellentexamples of vernacular Greek Revival rowhouse architecture built for the professional andmiddle classes and representative of a significant time and place.In its findings for 159 Charles Street, which are noted in the designation report, the Commission begins by stating that the building “is significant as a relatively rare surviving residential building of the early period of development of the far western section of Greenwich Village andas one of the best extant examples of the Greek Revival style rowhouses of the 1830s-40s locatedin the Hudson River waterfront section of Manhattan… (It) is a significant reminder of the WestVillage’s development as a place of dwelling, industry, and commerce.” Built around the sametime, as noted in our RFE Nos. 285 & 287 East 3rd Street are similar in that they are rare survivingexamples of the growth of the East Village waterfront as the Dry Dock district. Reflecting thehomes’ connection to the shipyards, No. 285 was constructed by Charles Dodge, a ship carver formany years. Today, these houses are two of a rapidly-dwindling collection of 1830s-40s

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