P R O P O S E D H I S T O R I C D I S T R I C T
Rowhouse construction in the area south of Gramercy Park and north of 14th Street continued in the 1850s; however, the style of choice for developers chaned from the Greek Revival to the Italianate. Within the proposed 17th Street/Irving Place Historic District are these five Italianate rowhouses. Four of the Italianate dwellings are the brick residence at 106 East 17th Street, the pair of brownstone-fronted houses at 108 and 110 East 17th Street, and the individual brownstone at 116 East 17 Street (bottom left).
No. 106 (bottom center), the simplest of the houses, had its stoop removed in 1917 when it was converted into studio apartments.
Nos. 108 and 110 (bottom right) are especially grand dwellings. Each is four stories tall above a raised basement and is capped by a bracketed cornice. Still extant at No. 110 is a massive foliate doorway lintel, an elegant cast-iron parlor-floor balcony, and a pair of newel posts. In 1918-19, the stoop was removed from No. 108 and it was converted from a one-family residence into non-housekeeping apartments (i.e., apartments without kitchens).
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106, 108 & 110, and 116