Sniffen Court Historic District

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Sniffen Court Historic District
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Sniffen Court Historic District is located in New York City
Sniffen Court Historic District
Location off East 36th Street
between Third and Lexington Avenues
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates: 40°44′49″N 73°58′41″W / 40.74694°N 73.97806°W / 40.74694; -73.97806
Built 1863-1864
Built by John Sniffen
Architectural style Early Romanesque revial
Governing body private
NRHP Reference # 73001224
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 28, 1973
Designated NYCL June 21, 1966

The Sniffen Court Historic District is one of New York City's smallest historic districts,[1] created on June 21, 1966 by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.[2] Sniffen Court, named after John Sniffen, a local builder,[2] is a small close-ended mews that runs perpendicularly southwest off of East 36th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. The district encompasses the entire alley, which consists of 10 two-story brick stables built in 1863-1864 in the early Romanesque Revival style.[1][3]

As the need for carriage houses lessened, the buildings were converted for other uses.[2] In 1918, two of the stables (#1, also known as 150 East 36th Street, and #3) were bought by the Amateur Comedy Club, which has been in existence since 1884, to be their clubhouse and theatre; they remain that today.[4] In the 1920s, the process of conversion continued,[1] and by 1966 one of the buildings was in use as an architect's office, the gabled building at #2 (156 East 36th Street) was the home of a noted architect, while the remainder were small private residences.[2]

Two artists associated with the mews were the sculptors Malvina Hoffman and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, both of whom had studios in the Court.[1][5] On the rear of the alley are mounted two sculpted plaques of Greek horseman by Hoffman[2]

On November 28, 1973 the Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. ^ a b c d 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.106
  2. ^ a b c d e New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, "Sniffen Court Designation Report" (June 21, 1966)
  3. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot with Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195383867. , p.284
  4. ^ Amateur Comedy Club brochure
  5. ^ "Harriet Frismuth" on the Fine Old Art website
  6. ^ "Classic Album covers : Strange Days – The Doors". Nevermindthebuspass.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

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