Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Greenwich Village, Fourth Avenue at 11th Street

Mary Sargent © 2009 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

At the beginning of this walk, last Wednesday, we saw the spire of Grace Church up ahead. And here it is again, showing up behind this building. This is Grace Memorial House, part of the Grace Church Complex.

In the Landmarks Preservation Commission report of February 22, 1977, the point is made that this is a "terminal vista obtained by looking west on 11th Street toward Fourth Avenue," and that among the few other notable buildings in New York which provide such a view are Grand Central Station at the head of Park Avenue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the end of east 82nd Street, and the New York Public Library at the end of east 41st Street.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is another at West 112th Street.

The Landmarks Commission report above is actually concerned with the Clergy House which is another building in this complex. For an interesting newspaper item from 1883 about the Memorial House, click here. I love to read old newspapers. They're so chatty.

See map.

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