325 West 82nd Street



325 West 82nd Street


Date: 1892

NB Number: NB 39-1892

Type:  Rowhouse

Architect:  Mortimer P Thain

Developer/Owner/Builder: Henry Parsons

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

Landmark Designation Report: Riverside Drive – West End Historic District Extension I

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Romanesque Revival

Primary Facade:   Ironspot Roman Brick and Stone

Stories: 4 and basement

Stoop Type: Unknown

Structure:  Significant Architectural Features: Possibly historic curved sash in bay; Decorative Metal Work: Possibly historic grilles at basement;  Brownstone keyed surround at second story; brownstone lintels and sills; three story rounded bay; historic wood sash; cornice

Site Features: Concrete and stone steps; double-leaf grille; non-historic railing; gooseneck pipe

South Facade: Designed (historic, resurfaced) Stoop: Removed Windows: Mixed (upper stories); replaced (basement) Security Grilles: Possibly historic (upper stories); possibly historic (basement) Cornice: Historic Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Concrete with metal nosing Areaway Wall/Fence Materials: Cast-stone or concrete wall Areaway Paving Material: Concrete

West Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Brick, parged; conduit

Historic District: Riverside Drive-West End HD Extension I

Alterations:  Stoop removed, projecting entrance at basement (1899); basement and first story resurfaced; light; intercom; remote utility meters. The removal of the stoop and the reconfiguration of the existing entrance into a window were part of an 1899 alteration (ALT 1038-1899) by Heinz & LaFarge.

History: No. 325 West 82nd Street was the home of John Jay Chapman, the prominent American essayist, and his family. His wife, Elizabeth, lived in the house with two servants and eight lodgers at the time of the 1930 census. It was officially converted into a Class B multiple dwelling in 1938 with owner’s apartment and 15 furnished rooms. In 1973 it was converted into duplex apartments. One of five row houses by Mortimer P. Thain, 325 was included in a proposed West 82nd Street Historic District, along with 310-316, 307-323 West 82nd Street, that was heard in 1986. In 1992 the Commission moved to take no action on the proposal.   References: LPC Research files; NYC, Department of Buildings, ALT 3416-1938, Certificates of Occupancy 24828, June 15, 1939, 74323, February 27, 1974; “John Jay Chapman,” Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jay_Chapman, accessed February 2, 2012); U. S. Census records, 1920 and 1930.

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