Before & After: A Historic Tribeca Townhouse Gets a Magical Makeover

YUN Architecture and interior designer Penelope August renovate a 19th-century townhouse with landmark status that used to be an egg and poultry distributor.

On the former site of Washington Market, which was active from the 1770s through the 1960s, this Federal-style townhouse in New York's Tribeca neighborhood was built in 1828 and spent most of its life as an egg and poultry distributor. When it was threatened with demolition in the late 1960s during the Washington Street Urban Renewal Project, the now-defunct Landmarks Preservation Society and the Housing and Development Administration secured funding to renovate and incorporate this home, as well as eight others, within the Washington Street redevelopment area. The nine houses were given individual landmark status for their uniqueness as "a group of intact houses characteristic of late eighteenth-century scale and profile which did not exist anywhere else in Manhattan."

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Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
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Jennifer Baum Lagdameo is a freelance design writer who has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo, Manila, and is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, Oregon.


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