A Brief History of 135 Bowery

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 at 6:09 am by

Neighborhood activist Sally Young, whose forte is the story behind buildings on the Bowery, shines an historical spotlight on 135 Bowery during its final hour. The end of days. As we reported on Monday, the death shroud and its accompanying plywood coffin shed are now firmly in place. Young commented as follows:

I did the initial research on this house and also the recently “slicked up” 133 Bowery that went to the LPC. I can’t even deal with this. When you research a house-its inhabitants in a way become your family. I’ve known 135 Bowery from its beginning with John Hardenbrook 1817/18 and have also followed the Hardenbrook/Samorindyke family to other Bowery residences. It is such an early house. Its building happened after the war of 1812-there didn’t seem to be a lot of building dates at the war’s time-they were before or after the war (my observations).

It seems that 133 came in around 1813, just after the war, so John Hardenbrook must have felt he was able to move ahead, and obviously did by building his business and then his house on the land he bought earlier. This important piece of early history will now be lost to a new building that will never be built with the care in which this house was built. I thank the LPC for designating this house, and I’m very sad that it was”de-designated” in the end.

Meanwhile, 133 Bowery lost its elegant cornice during the aforementioned “slicked-up” renovations last month.

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