NYC Landmarks Preservation to Consider a Landmark Designation for the Historic 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

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The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission today took the first official step toward landmark designation of 50 West 13th Street, an endangered 1846 Greenwich Village house that Village Preservation has been fighting to save through landmark designation since 2020. The building has been scheduled for a “calendaring” vote on June 18, which if approved would mean a public hearing and vote on landmark designation must take place within a year. Nearly all such scheduled calendaring votes are approved, and nearly all calendared properties are approved for landmarking, thus meaning this announcement will almost certainly lead to landmark designation The calendaring would put in place some initial safeguards to protect the building, while landmark designation would protect it in perpetuity.

Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman said, “It’s wonderful to know that this fragile, neglected building with such a proud and rich history may finally be protected and preserved. After a nearly four-year effort, the city has at last taken the first initial steps toward protecting this historic site, so strongly connected to our city’s and country’s often-forgotten Black history, civil rights history, the women’s suffrage movement, and of course our theater and cultural history. At 180 years old, No. 50 West 13th Street is the very definition of a landmark, and we’re heartened that it’s now being recognized and may well receive the permanent protections it needs and deserves.”

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Village Preservation to Hold Panel Discussion + Tour of La MaMa ETC Transformation on July 12th

 

 

 

La MaMa, 74 East 4th Street. Photo credit: John Bartlestone
La MaMa, 74 East 4th Street by Beyer Binder Belle. Photo credit: John Bartlestone

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Earlier this year, La MaMa ETC. completed the renovation and restoration of its original theater building at 74A East 4th Street. The individually landmarked building, constructed in 1873 as a German professional orchestral musicians’ association in the heart of what was then New York’s “Kleindeutschland,” later became home to a German singing society, several public meeting and dance halls, the Newsboys Athletic Hall, a laundry, and a meatpacking plant. In the late 1960s, however, it was rescued from abandonment by the scrappy new Off-Off-Broadway theater organization founded by Ellen Stewart, which would become an incomparable powerhouse in its field.

A years long renovation has restored the building to its historic glory, greatly expanded its capacity to serve artists and the public, and won awards and accolades from across the city, including from Village Preservation at our 2023 Annual Village Awards.

La MaMa ETC will be joining Village Preservation to convene a panel discussion and presentation by experts from the theater and the restoration team about the work to transform this beloved historic landmark, followed by a tour of the sparkling new space. Spaces are limited. The Event will take place on Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00pm with pre-registration (spaces are limited). This is a Free and in-person event.

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