Schermerhorn Row Block

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Schermerhorn Row Block
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Schermerhorn Row, Fulton Street
Schermerhorn Row Block is located in Lower Manhattan
Schermerhorn Row Block
LocationBlock bounded by Front, Fulton, and South Streets, and Burling Slip
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°42′23.18″N 74°0′12.75″W / 40.7064389°N 74.0035417°W / 40.7064389; -74.0035417Coordinates: 40°42′23.18″N 74°0′12.75″W / 40.7064389°N 74.0035417°W / 40.7064389; -74.0035417
Area9.9 acres (4.0 ha)
Architectural styleFederal[2]
NRHP reference #71000547[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 18, 1971
Designated NYCLOctober 29, 1968

The Schermerhorn Row Block, located at #2 through #18 Fulton Street in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, was constructed in 1811-12 in the Federal style,[2] and is now part of the South Street Seaport. Each of the individual houses were designated New York City Landmarks in 1968, and the block was collectively added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Peter Schermerhorn, father of Abraham Schermerhorn, built these counting houses in 1811-12 to serve the growing New York seaport. No 2 & No 4 Fulton Street were occupied from 1847 to the 1990s by Sweet's Seafood House, for over a century New York City's oldest fish restaurant. The building at the corner of Fulton and South Street (#2) was once a hotel; at that time it was altered – in 1868 – to add a mansard roof.[2]

The buildings were purchased in 1974 by the State of New York.[3]

During the 2003 redevelopment, these buildings, were linked to the A.A. Low Building, which faces John Street, to create gallery space. The permanent exhibits include paintings by the maritime artist James E. Buttersworth.[4]

Nearly contemporaneous to the building of Schermerhorn Row, other counting houses and warehouses were built in the immediate area, at 180-195 Front Street, 159-171 John Street, and 91-92 South Street, many of them in the Greek Revival style. These buildings were all restored in the 1980s under the supervision of the architect Jan Hird Pokorny, and are now part of the South Street Seaport.[2]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009), Postal, Matthew A. (ed.), Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 18–19, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1
  3. ^ "New York Architecture". Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  4. ^ Manufacture française des pneumatiques Michelin (2007), "Discovering New York City", New York City, The green guide, Greenville, SC: Michelin maps and guides, p. 96, ISBN 978-1-906261-27-6

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