The Real Deal New York

Landmarks at last? Officials mull granting status to Chinatown, East Village buildings

One of the homes was once inhabited by the architect behind the Fulton Street Market

October 14, 2015 08:00AM


From left: 2 Oliver Street in Chinatown and 138 Second Avenue in East Village

Two Federal-style buildings in Chinatown and the East Village are finally getting a crack at landmark status.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider the buildings, located at 2 Oliver Street and 138 Second Avenue, for landmark status at a hearing on Nov. 5. The hearing comes several years after the properties were submitted for landmark consideration.

Landmarks had planned to remove 95 landmark contenders — including these two properties — without public input, DNAinfo reported. The commission reversed course, however, after several preservationist groups railed the plan. The agency began holding hearings on the properties last week.

James O’Donnell, one of the country’s first formally trained architects, is a noted past resident of the Oliver Street building, where he designed the Fulton Street Market. The building was designed in 1820s.

The property at 138 Second Avenue was built in the 1830s and is considered a “a rare surviving example of a Federal-style row house,” according to Landmarks’ website. [DNAinfo] — Kathryn Brenzel