An East Village Survivor
It’s been just under four years since the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated as an individual landmark the 1838 Isaac T. Hopper House at 110 Second Avenue in the East Village. GVSHP had strongly supported this individual designation – which happened on October 13th, 2009 — and had given the former Hopper House an annual “Village Award” in recognition of the house’s tremendously important history, the care given it by current owners the Women’s Prison Association, and the potential landmark designation under consideration.
This impressive Greek Revival house located between 6th and 7th Streets is a rare intact vestige of the earliest stages of the East Village’s urban development. Since 1874 it has also served as the home of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), a reform organization seeking to better the lives of women who have been through the criminal justice system. The house is named for Isaac T. Hopper, the Quaker Abolitionist and reformer who founded the WPA. Hopper’s daughter, Abigail Hopper Gibbons, was the first president of the WPA.
You can read the entire history of the Hopper House in the landmark designation report. You can also view more information about all the individual landmarks in the East Village (and much more) on GVSHP’s resources page.