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Old Merchants House of New York, Inc.'s Fundraiser:

It is the Best of Times - and the WORST of Times - at the Merchant's House Museum

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THE STORY:

A Tale of Two Houses

It is the “spring of hope” …
This may well be the most thrilling period in the 75+ year history of the Museum. In the past few years, we not only made much-needed repairs to the building’s infrastructure (such as a complete electrical upgrade) — we also launched a house-wide restoration of the interior rooms. Based on extensive historical research and investigation of the house itself (these walls are still talking), we are returning the house to the mid-1850s, when the Tredwells painted and redecorated the house after installing gas lighting.

So far, the servants’ bedrooms, the kitchen, family room, and ground floor hall have all be restored, re-interpreted, and re-opened. The kitchen restoration includes the reinstallation utility tubs and an interior window removed in the 1930s, when the house became a museum. The 1850s warm beige of these rooms (no longer stark white) has transformed the visitor’s experience.

It is the “winter of despair” …
It was just after the grand opening of the servants’ quarters in the spring of 2012 that we learned of the proposed development of a nine-story hotel next door – our very own Reign of Terror. The black-glass-and-steel building (think Hong Kong) is strikingly inappropriate in the context of the Noho Historic District and towers over the Merchant’s House. Moreover, excavation of the foundation, construction vibrations, settlement, and other building activities pose a serious threat to the house’s physical safety.

Two hearings later, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has yet to make a final decision. We remain hopeful that sanity will rule over this “age of foolishness” and “epoch of incredulity.” Nonetheless, we are taking no chances: a comprehensive plan to protect the house and its collections is in the works. (If not this development, likely another. This is New York after all.)

In the short term, we need to undertake a pre-construction engineering study to establish the house’s baseline response to ambient vibrations. The estimated cost is $10,000. We have contracted with an engineering firm to consult on this and other issues, such as measures to safeguard our irreplaceable decorative plaster. We hope you will make a donation so we can ensure the house will stand secure for generations to come.

“We have everything before us”!
We hope you’ll help.

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