|The 43rd Street rowhouses in 1930.|
Birthday greetings to the venerable 43rd Street rowhouses (abutting The Hermitage), constructed in 1870 and now 150 years old!
In 1870, Ulysses S. Grant was president, and post‒Civil War prosperity was in the air: that year the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded, Standard Oil incorporated, and the Brooklyn Bridge began construction. New York City real estate was enjoying boom times, with a surge of new construction that included Prospect Hill, theretofore a neglected shantytown.
The rowhouses were built as three single-family brownstones, and sold for $12,000 apiece. In the 1920s, their owners were hold-outs when the French Company bought up the neighborhood, and thus Tudor City was built around them. In 1988, they were landmarked as part of the Tudor City Historic District.
|Entrances of 336-338-340 East 43rd St.|
More particulars about these rowhouses here.