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Identifier: DX01329827

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 70 [newspaper clipping]

Description: Newspaper clipping regarding the history of a house on Bleecker Street.


NEARLY every one [word cut off] the city finds occasion at some to hail a Bleecker-street car on his way to the Twenty-third-street or Fulton-street Ferry. If he gets on at either end of the line he makes up his mind to go through some of the hard localities of the west side. He shuts his eyes from the screaming, dirty crowd of children and tries to forget the odors that lie in wait for him. After the car turns off Broadway into Bleecker street he does not look out until a rough twitch of the car announces a sharp curve. Then he lifts his eyes for a moment to get his bearings and catches sight of a massive brown-stone block on the south side of the street, which stands in strange contrast to the surrounding dilapidated buildings. But the car has turned the curve and the stately block is gone.

In this way even old residents pass the historic spot daily and wonder what the building was and who once lived there. But no one seems to know. The car-driver says he never heard and the policeman on post twirls his club stupidly as he answers merely “Depau row.” Yet “Depau row” has had its history and dates back to the days when Bleecker street was the home of the most aristocratic families of the city. It has seen the time when it was one of the most magnificent residences in New York.

[engraving of Depau Row]


It was at this time that M. Depau erected the brown-stone block between Thompson and Sullivan streets. He was a Frenchman, and his ideas were borrowed from the elegant mansions of his own country. His plans were carefully drawn, and the edifice was to be the most imposing structure in the city. [The]

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US



Type(s): Diary


Subjects: Diaries


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