Save the Date! May 1st is our Annual House Tour
Each year, in anticipation of our annual house tour, we scour the Village in search of its most interesting, fun, and fascinating residential spaces. Some of the history we’ve uncovered is just too good to wait to reveal, so we’re offering a little sneak peek into one of this year’s beautiful homes.
This truly extraordinary Greek Revival townhouse – formerly home to Emily Post – was built between 1845 and 1846; a very large house for its time, its facade stands out at four bays wide with a grand bay window. Architect Bruce Price, who lived in the house from about 1876 until his death in 1903, was responsible for the building’s Victorian-era alterations. Some of Price’s most famous works include the famous Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City as well as the American Surety Company Building, a twenty-story landmarked skyscraper at the intersection of Broadway and Pine Street in Lower Manhattan. The 1880 Census Record shows Bruce and his wife Josephine lived at the home with their daughter Emily.
Emily lived a life of even greater renown than her father. After a divorce from her husband, she focused on writing a series of short stories, novels, and articles about such topics as architecture and interior design. But it was her 1922 book Etiquette that earned her the greatest acclaim. As fans eagerly devoured its insight into the world of the wealthy and their manners, she found herself in the national spotlight and went on to write a newspaper column and host a radio show based on the topic. By 1930 Census Records indicate she had moved to East 79th Street, but her childhood home lives on as a glorious heirloom of Greenwich Village literary folklore.