Grammar School No. 9

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

460-466 West End Avenue

ARCHITECT: C. B. J. Snyder

DATE: 1894-96

STYLE: Public School

Manhattan Public School Upper West Side

Grammar School No. 9, one of eight public schools built between 1888 and 1899 on the burgeoning Upper West Side, was part of the vast school construction program launched to meet the needs of the city’s rapidly expanding population just prior to consolidation of Greater New York in 1898. It replaced a wooden school on the same site that may have been built as early as 1829, and which was demolished in 1890.

The feature of stepped and curved gables was repeated by architects of many subsequent houses, as well as on the West End Collegiate Church (1892-93, Robert W. Gibson) and Grammar School No. 9. In the 1910-20s, most of the buildings of this first period of development along West End Avenue were replaced by large-scale apartment buildings, additionally making Grammar School No. 9 a rare survivor.

The five-story structure has two major facades, is clad in yellow ironspot Roman brick with grey limestone trim above a limestone base, features stoops on both sides (with a porch on West End Avenue) and a picturesque roofline composed of stepped gables, finial-topped dormers, and chimneys stacks.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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