LPC Considers Landmarking 339 Grand Street Row House Today

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 at 5:40 am by

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339 Grand Street

There is hope for the home of Ideal Hosiery…at least for local preservationists.

Thanks to grassroots pressure from the likes of Friends of the Lower East Side, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is set [PDF] to hear the case for 339 Grand Street today. Again; it’s the second time the body is hearing the case in as many years. Many in the neighborhood hope that this time a landmark designation will result.

The 1832 Federal-style row house was put on the open market this past summer for a cheap $5 million. The real estate listing, first reported here, was a spark that reignited the drive to protect this history.

Below is an excerpt of the letter which was sent to the Chairman Tierney of the LPC back in June.

It is remarkable that the Federal-era row house, constructed 1831-32, survives in its original form on what was a major thoroughfare on the Lower East Side and the center of a thriving commercial district.  Despite some alterations, the building exhibits typical elements of the Federal style, such as the three-bay facade, pitched roof and dormer, Flemish bond brickwork, and symmetrical window openings with rectangular masonry lintels and sills. Although not in pristine condition, 339 Grand Street retains a significant amount of its original features to qualify for landmark designation according to the standards made public by Commission staff.

Ideal Hosiery on the ground level is run by the Auerbach family (N&F Realty), which also owns the building.

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