RARE OPPORTUNITY to acquire one of the last remaining privately owned townhouses fronting Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village, considered by many as the most exclusive residential neighborhood in New York City. This-one-of-a- kind 26 foot wide, 5-story Landmark townhome containing roughly 7,350 SF plus 1,400 SF basement was constructed in 1839 and thoroughly updated in 2018. It is configured as five floor-through luxury rental apartments in mint condition and could easily be converted into a single-family residence. The house may be delivered completely vacant, or with tenants in place. The building, block, park, and surrounding neighborhood are all protected and preserved as part of the Greenwich Village Historic District.
The Greek Revival style houses along the North side of Washington Square Park flanking lower Fifth Avenue are what remains of a group of houses known as “the Row”, built for the social elite of the Village in the 1830s. Originally anchored by the William C. Rhinelander mansion on the corner of Fifth Avenue, the houses were a speculative investment, meant to convey an image of stature and privilege and attract New York's most successful entrepreneurs and public figures. They were sought after for their uniform architectural style, high quality construction, extra wide and deep lots, prominent stoops, formal entrance porticos, and generous front gardens and forecourts. They are now recognized as one of the most outstanding series of Greek Revival houses in the country. Known as the William Dare Morgan residence, 26 Washington Square North was originally built as a four-story home with gated forecourt, ornate fencing, an elevated stoop, formal columned entrance portico, and paneled door with sidelights and transom. The house was purchased by a ship owner named William Dare Morgan, who was Vice President of the Produce Exchange, a partner in Grinnell, Tinker & Morgan, a governor of the Knickerbocker Club, a founder of New York Hospital, and a graduate of Yale University. He and his wife Angelica Livingston Hoyt, a descendant of two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, raised four children in the house. They added a fifth floor in 1880, and their family remained in the house for over half a century. Ensuing owners include former silent movie executive Richard West Saunders, well-known attorney John Pinkerton East, painter Everett Shinn, and the financier Charles V. Bob.
Washington Square Park was named after the first US president and recognized world-wide for its iconic triumphal arch designed by noted architect Stanford White. It was originally a practice area for the city's volunteer militia companies, and in 1826 was landscaped and declared the Washington Parade Ground. It became an elite residential enclave providing a welcome respite from the commercial activity of lower Manhattan. During the 1900s, the area was home to notable American writers including Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain and Ida Tarbell. Edward Hopper and countless other painters, musicians and artists have drawn inspiration from the energy and community that is felt throughout Washington Square Park. Today the park serves as the cultural and recreational epicenter of Greenwich Village, one of the few neighborhoods that still retains old world charm and a sense of timelessness in Manhattan.
CELLAR: Storage, Mechanical Room, + 6'- 5” ceilings
ENTRY FLOOR: Entry, Living / Dining / Kitchen, Two Bedrooms, Two Baths, + 8'- 0” ceilings.
PARLOR FLOOR: Living / Dining Room, Kitchen, Two Bedrooms, Two Baths, + 12'- 6” ceilings.
THIRD FLOOR: Living / Dining Room, Kitchen, Two Bedrooms, Two Baths, + 11'- 4” ceilings.
FOURTH FLOOR: Foyer, Living / Dining Room, Bedroom, Alcove, One Bath, + 10'- 0” ceilings.
FIFTH FLOOR: Living / Dining / Kitchen, Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, + 10'- 0” ceilings.