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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 71 [newspaper clipping]

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Identifier: DX01330342

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 71 [newspaper clipping]

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

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walls were built of solid masonry two feet thick [word cut off] rose to the height of four stories. In front of the second line of long, low windows was placed a wide iron balcony, running across the front of the block and making a covered promenade from Sullivan to Thompson street. At either end of the long building is a wide entrance and between these are two slightly smaller doors. These entrances are the only means of approach to the four houses which compose Depau row.

Passing into the door at the lower end of the block the visitor finds himself in an inclosed court. The pavement is nicely laid with huge slabs of carefully fitted slate, with a raised walk on either side. Four solid walls of brick surround the driveway which leads to the stables in the rear, and stained-glass windows light the little court. On the left hand, in the centre of the court, four steps lead up to the wide door with cut-glass side-lights and a handsome brass reflector hanging over the entrance. The floor of the hall is paved with alternate white and black tiles, and the double staircase winds up like an arch on either side, filling the entire space at the back of the hall. The original stairs have long since been worn away by the heavy boots of the present occupants, but the carved mahogany balustrade still remains.

[engraving of building entrance]

DRIVEWAY OF MR. STEWART’S FORMER RESIDENCE.

On each side of the paved hall a heavy mahogany door opens into a large, square room. The front apartment, facing on Bleecker street, was formerly a dining-room, and its first inhabitant was no less a person than A. T. Stewart. Here the famous millionaire sat down to the most elaborate dinners that the market could afford, and here his friends, the wealthiest men of New York, gathered about him to enjoy the wines, which were the pride of their host’s heart. A special agent, a connoisseur, was constantly employed by Stewart to stock his cellars.

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

Rights: NoC-US

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Type(s): Diary
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Subjects: Diaries
Dwellings

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