Van Tassell and Kearney Horse Auction Mart

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Van Tassell and Kearney Horse Auction Mart
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Van Tassell and Kearney Horse Auction Mart is located in New York City
Van Tassell and Kearney Horse Auction Mart
Location 126-128 East 13th Street, New York, New York
Coordinates 40°43′58″N 73°59′21″W / 40.73278°N 73.98917°W / 40.73278; -73.98917Coordinates: 40°43′58″N 73°59′21″W / 40.73278°N 73.98917°W / 40.73278; -73.98917
Area less than one acre
Built 1903
Architect Jardine, Kent & Jardine
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 07001233[1]
Added to NRHP November 29, 2007

The Van Tassell and Kearney Horse Auction Mart is located in New York, New York. The building was constructed in 1903-04 to the designs of Jardine, Kent & Jardine in the Beaux-Arts Style. It originally served as a horse auction mart that catered to New York’s elite families, including the Vanderbilts and Delanos. According to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report, each Tuesday and Friday, Van Tassell & Kearney held auctions in the building. Though carriages remained an important part of the business, most advertisements and newspaper stories about the mart concerned the sale of horses, particularly high-priced ribbon winners, polo ponies, hunters, and thoroughbreds. Other sales were devoted to breeding stock and coach horses, including a large group of horses co-owned by Alfred W. Vanderbilt and Robert L. Gerry in 1906.[2]

As automobiles and other forms of public transit became much more common after World War I, the practical need for horses and stables decreased. The auction mart ceased functioning out of the 13th Street building, but new uses appeared. It served as an assembly-line training center for women during World War II. From 1978 to 2005, artist Frank Stella, one of the most respected artists of the post-World War II period, owned the building and used it as his studio. His nearly 30-year stewardship of the building resulted in the facade being cleaned and restored.[3]

After discovering plans for by a new owner to demolish the building and replace it with a condo development, in 2006 the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) asked the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to hold an emergency hearing on the structure. There was significant support for designation, including City Councilmember Rosie Mendez. Playing on the history of the building as an assembly line training center for women during World War II, GVSHP used the iconic "We Can Do It!" image (often associated with Rosie the Riveter) on stickers, flyers, and t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "We Can Save It! Landmark 128 East 13th Street" as part of the campaign to secure landmark designation for the building.[4] The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing and halted demolition plans, but did not immediately designate the building. On November 29, 2007, the building was listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. GVSHP and other advocates continued to push for designation. In May 2012, after a 6-year campaign, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the former Van Tassell & Kearney Horse Auction Mart an official City landmark.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "VAN TASSELL & KEARNEY AUCTION MART". New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. 
  3. ^ "A Rush to Preserve the Stable Where Stella Found His Muse". Wired New York. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Template:Url=http://www.gvshp.org/ gvshp/preservation/stella stable/stable-05-15-12.htm