Forty-seven years ago, on January 14th 1969, the Landmarks Preservation Commission concluded that,
“On the basis of a careful consideration of the history, the architecture and other features of this area, the Landmarks Preservation Commission finds that the St. Mark’s Historic District contains buildings and other improvements which have a special character and special historical and aesthetic interest and value and which represent one or more periods or styles of architecture typical of one or more eras in the history of New York City and which cause this area, by reason of these factors, to constitute a distinct section of the City.”
The LPC added an extension to the district in 1984.
This part of Manhattan was once part of the farm of Peter Stuyvesant, who was Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, before it became the English colony New York in 1664. One of my favorite streets, Stuyvesant Street, runs on a true east-west course, and was first surveyed and laid out in 1787, for Stuyvesant’s great-grandson, who often used the Latin form of his name, Petrus.
St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery
The most significant structure in the district is the historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. The church was designated an individual landmark earlier, in 1966. At the time, the LPC wrote:
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