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

 

 

 

13th Street Repretory Company

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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13th Street Repertory Theatre, 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

13th Street Repertory Company

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Edith O’Hara, founder of the 13th St. Repertory Theatre, in October, 2020 at the age of 103. We have also been alerted by Village Preservation to the urgency in asking NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider landmark designation for the 3 1/2 story, 170 year-old row house located at 50 West 13th Street.

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