James Watson House

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James Watson House
Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Rectory 7 State Street.jpg
James Watson House (right) next to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
James Watson House is located in New York City
James Watson House
Location 7 State Street, Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates: 40°42′9.04″N 74°0′50.77″W / 40.7025111°N 74.0141028°W / 40.7025111; -74.0141028
Built 1793, 1806 (extension)[1][2]
Architect John McComb, Jr. (west ext., attributed)
Architectural style Federal, Georgian[2]
Governing body private
NRHP Reference # 72000891[3]
Significant dates
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.[2] 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.[4]

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.[4]

The house was designated a New York City Landmark in 1965, and in 1972 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ a b c 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.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton and James Watson House" on the New York Architectural Images website

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