CB2 Backs Landmarking of 200-Year-Old Federal House on the Bowery

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 at 5:13 am by

One of the oldest structures on the Bowery is a baby step closer to potential preservation.

The Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 2 unanimously voted on Monday night to back the landmarking of 206 Bowery, an intact 200-year-old Federal-row house with unique history. Five speakers were in attendance to advocate for the cause, and the response was reportedly all positive.

The full board ratified last night, so the resolution will be sent to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for consideration.

This end-of-year blitz to save 206 Bowery comes amidst fears that the LPC may “de-calendar” the property from its docket. It’s owed in large part to the passage last year of the Intro. 775 bill in City Council aimed at removing the clutter, as it were, from the agency’s calendar. The so-called “anti-landmark bill” essentially establishes “do or die” deadlines for landmark designations that have been stagnating. Meaning, if the LPC doesn’t vote on proposed individual landmarks within one year (two years for districts), then the proposals are removed from the queue.

Led foremost by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, among others, the preservation campaign began in 2010.

206 Bowery, for its part, is one of the last intact Federal-era row houses on the Bowery. It remarkably survives in close to original condition from the first period of development along this stretch of the Bowery. The modest 2 ½-story, three bay-wide building has one-foot thick walls of Flemish-bond brickwork, a stone foundation and a gambrel roof with paired gable dormers. It was likely erected around 1825 as part of a group that included the houses sharing party walls at 202, 204 and 208 Bowery.

Since the 1870s, the ground floor has reportedly been used solely for commercial purposes.

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