Old Merchant's House
29 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-1089

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This 19th century landmark is considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation. Joseph Brewster, a well-to-do hatter turned real estate speculator, built the house in 1831-32.

In those days, "uptown" extended as far as 14th Street, and uptown was where wealthy New Yorkers moved to escape the crowds of lower Manhattan and to display the size of their fortunes by their lavish dwellings.

In 1835, Brewster sold the house to Seabury Tredwell, and it remained in that family for 98 years. Two people, Gertrude Tredwell and George Chapman, are responsible for maintaining the integrity of this mansion, having preserved many of the furnishings, family apparel and memorabilia, books and paintings, glass and chinaware, and other items. In 1936 Chapman, a distant Tredwell relative, opened the house as a museum. Three distinct periods of family history are represented in the furniture, most of which was fashioned by the finest cabinet makers in New York.

Today the Museum offers visitors a glimpse of life in a bygone era, when the greatest city in the world was being carved out of sprawling farming communities, and industry was beginning to change the face of society forever. There are special events and performances throughout the year -- call for a calendar.

Group Tours are also available and are popular with groups of all ages, from 2nd- graders to senior citizens.

Hours: Thursday thru Monday 12 - 5pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing. Closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Adults $10.00
Seniors (over 65) $5.00
Students $5.00
Children under 12 FREE
Groups: Call for Group Tour/Program information, or visit the official website linked above.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Local restaurants and fast food.
Handicapped Access: Not accessible.
Directions: Located between Bowery and Lafeyette Streets. 45 minutes south of the George Washington Bridge.

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