Merchants House Museum

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The Merchants House Museum is a 19th century family home in New York City which is now preserved as a public museum.



The red-brick row house was built in 1832 by Seabury Tredwell, a wealthy New York merchant, on East 4th Street near Washington Square. His daughter Gertrude lived in the house from 1845 until her death in an upstairs bedroom in 1933. Three years later, the perfectly preserved house opened to the public as a museum. It is located at 29 East 4th Street, between Lafayatte Street and the Bowery.

Exterior and interior

The building's facade is reminiscent of earlier Federal-style homes, but the interior, especially the formal parlors, is New York's finest example of Greek revival architecture. The interior also contains the Tredwell family's original furnishings, including pieces from New York's finest cabinetmakers, such as and Duncan Phyfe and Joseph Meeks.

Landmark designations

Due to its architectural and historic importance, the Merchants House has been recongized by the following landmark designations:

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