Madison Square North Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Madison Square North

ARCHITECT: McKim, Mead & White; Francis Kimball; Ely Jacques Kahn

DATE: 1870-1930

STYLE: Commercial

Commercial Madison Square Manhattan

Designated June 26, 2001

This district consists of approximately ninety-six buildings representing the city’s commercial history from the 1870s into the 1930s. Many were designed by leading architects such as McKim, Mead & White, Francis Kimball and Ely Jacques Kahn in a succession of fashionable styles for speculative developers including John Jacob Asor and Charles A. Baudouine.

The area was a fashionable residence after the opening of Madison Square Park in 1847. The district’s earliest structure is a brick home dating to 1850. Within a few decades, a major entertainment center flourished here with theaters, clubs, hotels, stores and apartments built. At the turn of the century, the area became a mercantile district with banks, high-rise office and loft buildings.

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

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

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Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society