LPC Designates the Lamartine Historic District
October 12th, 2009, 7:57 pm
Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Lamartine Historic District, which MAS supported in testimony last January. Likely named for the French poet and liberal politician, Alphonse de Lamartine, this charming tree-lined street is perhaps most notable for its association with the abolition movement. Once owned by the Quaker members of the Anti-Slavery Society, the house at 339 W. 29th Street (19 Lamartine Place) was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Isaac T. Hopper, Horace Greeley, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Brown were among the important anti-slavery activists who stayed in or visited the residence. The importance of the houses at Lamartine Place first came to our attention through the Section 106 review of the Moynihan Station area. In addition to the designation of this small, though exceedingly important district, the LPC has put the 1977 Paul Rudolph House at 23 Beekman Place on its calendar. If designated, it could be the youngest landmark building in New York City.