Merchant's House Museum

Life at Home in Mid-19th Century New York City

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About the Museum

The cultural and architectural importance of the Merchant’s House is undisputed.  Built in 1832 and occupied by a merchant family for nearly 100 years, the House today is New York City’s only family home to have survived virtually intact, inside and out, from the 19th century.

Mission

Through public programs and exhibitions, restoration of its landmark building, and conservation of its original collections, the Museum educates the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants, 1835-1865, when the mercantile seaport of New York City emerged as a growing metropolis.

The Building

Considered one of the finest surviving examples of architecture from the period, the Merchant’s House has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark (one of only 2,400) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In New York City, it has been awarded landmark status not only for its 1832 late-Federal brick exterior but also for its Greek revival interior rooms.

Of note, the House was among the first 20 buildings designated in 1965 under the City’s new landmarks law. It is the only historic house museum in the Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo neighborhoods and celebrated 75 years as a museum in 2011.

The Collection

The Museum’s collection of over 3,000 items comprises the possessions of the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant-class family who lived in the House from 1835 to 1933. The collection includes furniture, decorative arts, clothing, photographs and books, household items, and personal items. Highlights include a suite of 12 mahogany side chairs attributed to renowned furniture maker Duncan Phyfe, a pair of matching six-globe gas chandeliers, and 40 dresses and numerous fashion accessories that belonged to the Tredwell women.

The Merchant’s House Museum is owned by the City of New York, operated by Old Merchants House of New York, Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust.

Contact Us

Telephone & Fax
Tel: 212-777-1089
Fax: 212-777-1104

Mailing Address
Merchant’s House Museum
29 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10003

Email
nyc1832@merchantshouse.org

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Museum History

Following Gertrude Tredwell’s death in 1933 (she was born in the house in 1840), her cousin George Chapman turned the house into a museum commemorating the lifestyle of New York’s “Merchant Princes.” It opened to the public in 1936.

Staff Directory

Margaret Halsey Gardiner
Executive Director
pi@merchantshouse.org

Tina Cuadrado
Collections Manager
tina@merchantshouse.org

Emily Wright
Communications & Programs Manager
emily@merchantshouse.org

Mary Knapp
Museum Historian
nyc1832@merchantshouse.org

John Rommel
Head Gardener
nyc1832@merchantshouse.org

Roberta Belulovich
Visitor Services
roberta@merchantshouse.org

Eva Ulz
Webmaster
webmaster@merchantshouse.org

Board of Directors

Anthony Bellov
Helen Michalis Bonebrake
Earl Crittenden, Jr., Esq.
Frances Eberhart
Margaret Halsey Gardiner
Executive Director
Merrikay Hall, Esq.
Joseph Pell Lombardi
Elizabeth Lugar
Deborah Spaeder McWilliams
Nicholas B. A. Nicholson
Chair
John E. Oden
Treasurer
Kate Burns Ottavino
Richard Sammons
William Sofield

Advisory Council

Frank Andrews
John Dobkin
John Guare
Tiziana & Hugh Hardy
Nicholas Quennell
Stan Ries
Frank Sanchis
Anthony C. Wood