East 17th Street/Irving Place Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

East 17th Street/Irving Place

DATE: 1840-1902

STYLE: Greek Revival, Romanesque, Renaissance Revival

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Designated June 30, 1998

This district includes single-family, Greek Revival row houses built in the 1840s in brick with brownstone details and Italianate brownstones from the 1850s. In 1890-91, the Fanwood Apartments was built in a mixture of the Romanesque and Renaissance Revival styles. The last building constructed in the district is the Irving, a Renaissance Revival flats building from 1901-02. Contrary to myth, Washington Irving never lived in any of these buildings, although Elsie DeWolfe did have a salon in one where Oscar Wilde was a habituate.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

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“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”

Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

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“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”

Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

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“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”

Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society