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Old Merchant's House

Old Merchant's House (61)

Built in 1832 by wealthy merchant Seabury Tredwell, this bourgeois house was home to him and his family until it became a museum in 1933. So today it is considered the only home of a family preserved intact inside and out since the 19th century. Inside, it retains the original furnishings and personal possessions of the family. Outside, you can admire an elegant red-brick and white marble house in a Federal style, a typical row house. It is often said that of the 300 federal style homes throughout the city of New York, this is the best preserved.

The museum, called Merchant's House Museum offers a fascinating intimate view of what daily life was like for a wealthy New York family before the Civil War. It is endearing to admire its black marble fireplace, family memories, Ionic columns and 4-metre high ceiling with stucco decoration, among other details.

If you love this kind of museum, we recommend a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, just over a quarter of an hour's walk from here.

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