This post is part of our blog series Why Isn’t This Landmarked?, where we look at buildings in our area we’re fighting to protect that are worthy of landmark designation, but somehow aren’t landmarked.
This beautifully intact c. 1870 building at 32 East 10th Street was designed by W. Field & Son for Henry Naylor and altered in 1885 following a fire. It was originally built as a residence and it continued to serve in that capacity until the end of the 19th century. Following an alteration in 1898, directories show that its use switched from residential to manufacturing. By the mid-1950s, this area on the eastern edge of Greenwich Village straddling what we would today call the East Village became the center of the art world, particularly the “New York School’ of Abstract Expressionist artists. No. 32 East 10th Street was no exception; its top floor became the home and studio of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline.