Mary Hale Cunningham was the widow of James Cunningham, a partner until his death in 1890 in the successful San Francisco firm of Cunningham, Curtiss, & Welch, importers, jobbers, book publishers, and stationers. Sometime before 1905, Mary Cunningham moved to New York City, where she had family and financial interests, and later commissioned this house for her family and servants.
The abstracted neo-Tudor style facade features a ground-story enframement with paired fluted Doric pilasters. A monumental keyed enframement on the second and third stories, capped by a drip molding, with long, narrow windows with multi-pane sash and ornamental terra-cotta spandrel panels; a fourth-story band of windows; a brick gable flanked by crenels; and wrought-iron railings.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
“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
“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
“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
“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