Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
2010 House Tour Benefit
May 2, 2010, 1 to 5:30 pm
As an architecture and design lover, this is one of my favorite yearly events. It’s a rare treat to actually be able to go inside some of the fabulous homes I walk by all the time and get a glimpse of how a select few are living in high style and comfort. I find it to be a fun way check out incredible art collections, spectacularly quiet gardens, and some of the finest interior decorating in the city. Not to mention, get inspired about how I’ll someday decorate my own lovingly restored, multi-level rowhouse (when I finally “make it” in this town). One can always dream!
The tour makes for one of the loveliest Sunday spring outings available to New Yorkers, and GVSHP is a really worthy organization to support. I’ve been a docent on the tour two years running now and I can’t think of a group I’d rather volunteer my time for. I always meet terrific people, who are passionate about the architecture and history of this beloved neighborhood, and always willing to share stories of past residents’ adventures in the Village. Be sure to support this critical organization’s efforts, so they can keep fighting the good fight and protect the Village’s most important historic resources for future generations.
Here’s what they say about this year’s tour:
“The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation works to protect the cultural and architectural heritage of Greenwich Village, NoHo, and the East Village. Now in its thirtieth year, GVSHP has secured unprecedented achievements for our communities through advocacy, education, and documentation. Offering a rare glimpse into six of Greenwich Village’s finest and most exclusive townhouses, the Twelfth Annual Village House Tour Benefit is held to raise funds in support of GVSHP’s work to educate about and advocate for the distinctive character and irreplaceable architecture of our neighborhoods. This year’s tour features the spectacular residences of:
Clyde & Summer Anderson, Charles Street
You’ll find a surprising and ingenious solution in a small bathroom in this Italianate home with a restored stoop and a glass façade leading into a backyard terrace and garden.
Clora Kelly & Helge Skibeli, West 11th Street
A townhouse formerly owned by St. Vincent’s hospital with a fun, funky, and colorful interior.
Paul & Christine Smith, Commerce Street
This tiny home in the Commerce Street cul-de-sac has returned to its original stoop and brick façade after many years under stucco.
Jane and Richard Stewart, Charles Street
A townhouse designed in the French Second Empire style on what was once known as Van Nest Place.
Lawrence and Alice Weiner, West 4th Street
A former stable and bakery building, this home features a redesigned modern façade and the artist-owner’s pieces on the interior.
Jeffrey Weingarten & Belinda Broido, West 11th Street
Cuban art is a feature of this classic Greek Revival townhouse with many historic details updated for modern life.