28 August 2011

Remembrance of 300 Grand Street


I few weeks ago, I was musing about the history of these very old-looking twin buildings on Grand Street in Chinatown. I determined, with the help of readers, that they at least dated from the late-19th-century.

I received an amazing comment the other day that indicates they are even older than I thought. Someone names Bonnie wrote: "Number 300 Grand Street was my great, great grandfather's home and shop for many years in the mid-1800s. It is in the census record as well as the Civil war registration in 1863 I think it was. He was a hatter and he was born in Prussia."

2 comments:

Mitch said...

The ManhattanUnlocked post says they date from the 1830s, or earlier, due to the presence of the dormer windows, which they claim went out about 1840.

http://manhattanunlocked.blogspot.com/2011/02/298-grand-street-then-and-now.html

That would place them earlier than the civil war, which is what I was told about such buildings.

bowery boy said...

This area was quite the Hatter district back in the early 1800's, and these Federal-style row houses are rare and historic today though only a few remain. Another survives around the corner at 140 Bowery:
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/03/realestate/streetscapes-readers-questions-picturesque-neo-medievals-and-graybar-murals.html?pagewanted=2