Designated June 30, 1998
The red brick double building at 480 Greenwich Street/502 Canal Street is part of a rare surviving cluster of early nineteenth-century structures in lower Manhattan on a block partially created on landfill and located close to the Hudson River waterfront. It was built in 1818-19 on an irregularly-shaped comer lot at the intersection of Greenwich and Canal Streets by John Y. Smith.
Smith, a manufacturer of starch and hair powder, operated his business on the ground floor and lived with his family upstairs in the building. The building retains distinctive characteristics of the Federal style, including Flemish bond brickwork, brownstone window lintels and sills, and the curved bay which links the facades of the two sections at the comer.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
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