If you love walking our Village streets, chances are you’ve come across the neglected little building at 237 Bleecker Street. Once a stagecoach house when it was built c. 1835, the wood structure is a cherished piece of Village history, yet it’s fallen on hard times.
A proposal to reconstruct most of the facade and restore the existing cornice was presented at the Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee meeting on February 12th (that committee recommended approval). The ultimate determination came down to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which heard and approved the application this past Tuesday, March 3rd. Facade reconstruction is sometimes necessary for historic structures when materials have deteriorated past the point of saving (AKA restoring). Unfortunately, this seems to be the case for 237 Bleecker Street.
Here’s a look at what will likely happen with this building once work begins.