193 Front Street Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

193 Front Street

DATE: c. 1793

STYLE: Neo- Grec

Designated: October 29, 1968

*This handsome five-stor,y building, with remodeled front, has a first floor store front With cast iron columns and lintel supporting the brick wall above. The front of this building replaced the original and was erected in the Neo- Grec style in the eighteen-seventies. The incised carving of the stone window lintels and the vertical grooved band courses which extend the width of the building at impost block level, beneath the lintels, are good examples of the

work of this period. The top floor has a large two-tiered window crowned by a cornice with arched pediment at the center.

Nos. 191 and 193 were originally built as one store but have both been remodeled since they were built and appear quite different today.

We do not have the construction date of these buildings with double store, but we know that it was prior to 1793, for in that year it was assessed at £ 12,250 and leased to Garrett Westful, a merchant, who was there in 1794 and 1795. The property was sold to Minturn and Champlin, leading merchants, who occupied these buildings intermittently from 1804 to 1816. In 1804, this firm had commissioned Christian Bergh, the famous ship builder, to build the first ship, “The North America”.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation Report

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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