James Watson House
James Watson House
James Watson House (right) next to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
|Location||7 State Street, Manhattan, New York City|
|Built||1793, 1806 (extension)|
|Architect||John McComb, Jr. (west ext., attributed)|
|Architectural style||Federal, Georgian|
|NRHP Reference #||72000891|
|Added to NRHP||July 24, 1972|
|Designated NYCL||November 23, 1965|
The James Watson House, now the Rectory of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, at 7 State Street between Pearl and Water Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1793 and extended in 1806. It is located near the southern tip of Manhattan Island, across from Battery Park. The architect of the eastern (original) half is unknown, but the western extension (next to the church) is attributed to John McComb, Jr.
James Watson was the first Speaker of the New York State Assembly and a Federalist member of the New York and United States Senates. He was a Yale University graduate who became a prosperous importer-exporter. After the Civil War, Irish author Charlotte Grace O'Brien bought the house to be the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary, which served as a way station for young immigrant girls.
- List of New York City Landmarks
- National Register of Historic Places listings in New York County, New York
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot with Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195383867., p.11
- New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1 p.8.
- "Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton and James Watson House" on the New York Architectural Images website
- Media related to James Watson House at Wikimedia Commons
- Watson House history and photographs American Memory from the Library of Congress
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