Life at Home in Mid-19th Century New York City
www.merchantshouse.org Built in 1832, the Merchant's House Museum is New York City's only 19th century home preserved intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings. A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers a rare and intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants lived from 1835 to 1865, when New York grew from seaport to thriving metropolis. "The distinction of the Merchant's House -- and it is a powerful one -- is that it is the real thing. One simply walks through the beautiful doorway into another time and place in New York." The New York Times
Thank you Mile High Run Club NoHo for being a sponsor of our benefit screening of The Heiress.
Thank you SoulCycle NoHo for being a sponsor of our benefit screening of The Heiress.
Thank you Misirizzi NYC for being a sponsor of our benefit screening of The Heiress! Show your tickets and get a discount on dinner the night of the show!
New on the blog! The next post in her "Meet the Tredwells" series, Museum Historian Ann Haddad explores Seabury Tredwell's business. What did it mean to be a merchant in early 19th century NYC? What did Seabury sell, and who were his customers? Check out the post to find out!
Today, for #rainbowMW #MuseumWeek, we dazzle you with color. This, for spring, from head gardener extraordinaire John William Rommel.
Our museum historian Ann Haddad was the guest on the @wnyu podcast Sic Transit Gloria @sictransitgloriapod . She had a wonderful time talking with the hosts @nsabeenas and @annavandine. Tune in if you’d like to hear her 15-minute take on the Merchant’s House Museum, the history it contains, and why she is so passionate about it. It is available on SoundCloud and Apple podcasts or go to wnyu.org/archives/38215 to listen. #merchantshouse #sictransitgloria #podcasts #nychistory #nineteenthcentury #museumloves #historymatters #newyork #newyorkhistory #tredwellfamily #oldnewyork #wnyu
Today, for #PlayMW #MuseumWeek, we offer up Phebe Tredwell (1829-1907), the eldest of the Tredwells' four unmarried daughters, who looks like a little playtime would do her a world of good.
It's #MuseumWeek and for today, #SecretMW, we present you with the COAL CHUTE! The Tredwells needed coal for their 7 fireplaces and the coal stove. How was the coal delivered? Down the coal chute in front of the house, of course. #secretMW
Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.
Film Screening of The Heiress
70th Anniversary Celebration
To Benefit the Merchant’s House Museum Legal Fund
Set design based on the Merchant’s House (that's our newel post!)
Come See the House … Then See the House in The Heiress!
Based on Washington Square, Henry James’s classic novel of mid-19th century New York City, The Heiress (1949), winner of four Academy Awards, tells the haunting story of young love – and a dominating father who didn’t approve.
5 to 7 p.m., Reception in the Garden, Tours of the house and bubbly in the garden
7 p.m., Film Screening of The Heiress
Purchase tickets and Save the Merchant’s House: merchantshouse.org/heiress
And still going strong (defeat the developers!) 83 years later. Thanks for the shout out Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation!
On this day in 1936, the Old Tredwell House on 4th Street opens its doors as the Merchant's House Museum. One of NY smallest and greatest cultural institutions, it’s a perfectly preserved 1832 home on the inside and out:
"The NEW New York" - Immigrant Heritage Learning at Village Preservation - GVSHP | Preservation | Off the Grid
April 17, 1907 is the day when the largest number of immigrants arrived at Ellis Island. It also kicks off Immigrant Heritage Week. This year, with our colleagues at Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation, we've been highlighting immigration to the Village during the 19th century, exploring overarching themes, and local and global activism that have shaped our world through the immigrant experience.
Shout out to our co-sponsor, Village Preservation, for today's blog post!
Immigration means something different to everyone — it reminds us of our ancestors, of how the world is constantly changing, or of how, as people, we are always on the move. Our neighborhoods, and New York City in general, are…Full Story
New postcard for sale in the shop. Highlights from 2018.
All thanks to the brilliance of Head Gardener, John Rommel. Don't miss 2019 ...
The ancestry of Eliza Tredwell's father, William Parker, is the latest in Museum Historian Ann Haddad's blog series, MEET THE TREDWELLS.
With little documented about William Parker, he has long been a man of mystery. But new research has uncovered some interesting details about his life, offering a rare glimpse of life during and after the Revolutionary War.
Click here to read Part One of this post, on Eliza Tredwell’s maternal ancestry. Discovering Eliza’s paternal ancestry was, and remains, a challenge, because very little was known about her father,…
Don't miss Boroughs of the Dead's extraordinary walking tour on March 31 (the day those illustrious Fox sisters heard their first rap rap rapping). Purchase tickets on our website.
If you were mystically inclined in 19th century America, the best place for you to be was New York state, birthplace of Spiritualism.
New on the blog! In celebration of #internationalwomensday2019, we honor the matriarch of the Tredwell family, Eliza Tredwell (1797-1882), with a new post in the "Meet the Tredwells" series.
Museum Historian Ann Haddad examines the maternal ancestry of Eliza Tredwell, who came from Dutch and English stock.
Sunday, March 17, Guided Tours at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy
Join us for a back-stairs tour and experience the Merchant’s House through the eyes of the Irish immigrants who worked as domestic servants for the Tredwell family. You’ll climb the narrow staircase to the fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). You’ll meet Tredwell servant Bridget Murphy, who will play traditional Irish airs on the harp and entertain guests with her singing. She’ll also tell you the many reasons why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without her.
Included with General Admission. Reservations not required.
Photo: Hal Hirshorn
MEET the TREDWELLS!
In her new series on the blog, Museum Historian Ann Haddad invites you to Meet the Tredwells. Each post in the series will explore in-depth a different member of the Tredwell family. First in the series, an overview of Seabury Tredwell's ancestors, who first came to America in 1635.
With this post on the ancestry of Seabury Tredwell, we begin a new blog series: “Meet the Tredwells.” A note about the variation of the spelling of Tredwell: Although early records seem to use “Tre…
Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes: Insider’s Tours of the Merchant’s House
Second in a Series – Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture
Join us for a series of rare off-hours tours of the Merchant’s House. We’ll explore in detail the architecture of the 1832 Merchant’s House, one of only 120 buildings designated an interior and exterior landmark in New York, and examine the finer points of the original Tredwell family collection of furniture and domestic lighting.
We’ll gather in the 1850s kitchen (bring your own coffee) for an overview of the landmark Merchant’s House and intact collection of more than 3,000 objects owned by the Tredwell family. We’ll then tour the house, including the rarely seen bedrooms on the 3rd floor (now staff offices), even peek up into the attic. We’ll pull out drawers to show furniture construction details, remove shades of lamps to see the workings, open locked doors … and more. From late Federal to Greek Revival, Duncan Phyfe to Rococo Revival; whale oil to gas to kerosene, you’ll gain new perspectives on these unique insider’s tours, learning about changing period styles and technologies and how they reflect the attitudes and values of the merchant class in mid-19th century New York City.
$30, $25 Members. Limited to 20 participants.
To purchase tickets: www.merchantshouse.org/reservations.
Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Love in the Parlors — A Valentine in Concert
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents a gala concert of lush, romantic vocal music performed in the Museum’s elegant Greek Revival double parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by the world’s greatest 19th-century composers: Schumann, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others. Chosen by NBC Online and TimeOut NY as a top pick for Valentine’s Day.
90 minutes. Very limited capacity.
General admission $50, VIP (first 2 rows) $65
MHM Members $30, VIP $45.
www,merchantshouse.org/reservations for tickets.
Opens Thursday, January 17, through Monday, April 15
Exhibition: “Finest Surviving:” Ornamental Plasterwork at the Merchant’s House Museum
The 1832 Merchant’s House is distinguished as one of only 120 interior landmarks in New York City. Its intact original ornamental plasterwork is considered the “finest surviving” from the period. Learn how the plaster walls, ceilings, and ornamentation in the Merchant’s House were created in the 19th century. On display, original 1832 plaster fragments and molds and plaster casts created by sculptor and ornamental plasterer David Flaharty, who used the same methods as the early 19th century artisans during a house-wide restoration in the 1970s. Included with General Admission.
What was holiday shopping like for the Tredwells and other 19th-century New Yorkers? Read this month's blog post and find out!
"This is truly a time capsule of one family." Listen to this podcast to find out what makes the Merchant's House Museum truly unique. "I would 100% recommend it."
This week, we were whisked off to a
‘A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House’ is, as goes every year, sold out.
“The Last of the Spirits,” John Leeds, 1843
BWW Review: John Kevin Jones Returns To Merchant's House Museum For Warm and Intimate A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Nailed it! "... a celebration of not only the holiday season, but of the value of everyday kindness."
For the past five holiday seasons in a row, savvy New York playgoers have been filling the upstairs parlor of East 4th Street's Merchant's House Museum for a warm and intimate evening of Christmas cheer; Summoners Ensemble Theatre's delightful production of actor John Kevin Jones recreating Charles....
A 19th Century Church Scandal
Although the phrase “sexual harassment” did not come into popular use until the mid-1970s, accusations of mistreatment and abuse by women against men of power have been part of the historical record for centuries. In November 1844, a scandal rocked the Tredwells' world when one of the most powerful men in New York and Tredwell cousin was accused of impropriety.
Read the Merchant's House Museum blog for the full story: http://merchantshouse.org/blog/bishoponderdonk/
A 19th Century Church Scandal Although the phrase “sexual harassment” did not come into popular use until the mid-1970s, accusations of mistreatment and abuse by women against men of power have bee…
In 1909, Gertrude Tredwell was 69, living alone with the family servants just blocks from The Cooper Union. One can only wonder what she thought of the "Uprising of 20,000," and how she felt seeing the world change around her.
On this day in 1909, a 23 year old East Village resident takes the stage at The Cooper Union and begins the “Uprising of the 20,000,” a watershed moment in New York and American Labor history:
Celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a donation to the Merchants House legal fund. Donations from people like you enable this wonderful piece of new york history to survive. On Sept. 26, the City Council unanimously voted to reject the developers' "spot zoning" application. This was a tremendous victory for the Merchant's House -- and for historic preservation. But our fight to protect our 1832 landmark building is not over. The developers can still build a six-story building on this site under the current zoning laws. As you know. legal counsel, engineering studies, collection protection plans, and emergency planning all come at a great cost. In fact, in the last 18 months, legal and engineering expenses have topped $150,000. These funds were earmarked for restoring the home and collection. So it's no exaggeration to say the future of the museum is still at stake.
#historicpreservation #greekrevival #newyork #oneofakind #historicbuildings
‘A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House’ OPENS TONIGHT ... and it’s #givingtuesday
#donate #buytickets #almostsoldout
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SIXTH SMASH YEAR! A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House / November 27-December 23. merchantshouse.org/christmascarol2018
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House opens tomorrow!
"The perfect event for history lovers, this reenactment of “A Christmas Carol” takes place at the Merchant’s House ... set in the elegant Greek Revival parlor of the 1832 house, surrounded by holiday decorations from the 1800s, period furnishings, and flickering candles. The show is in its sixth smash year."
If you’re craving a break from the old chestnuts, these less-traditional alternatives to the holiday hit parade might be just the kind of merry you’re looking to make.
On November 14, 1832, the world’s first streetcar line starting running on the Bowery, between Prince Street and 14th Street. The Tredwells didn't move to 4th Street until 1835, but no doubt the high price they paid for the house -- $18,000 -- was in part because it was "close to transportation."
Mass transit emerged in New York City in 1827 with the omnibus, a large stagecoach pulled by horses that could accommodate about a dozen riders at a time. While horse-drawn carriages had always existed in NYC, the omnibus was different because it ran…Full Story
Charles Dickens can't believe you haven't gotten your tickets yet to his performance of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House.
6th Smash Year!
Performances November 27 through December 29.
SIXTH SMASH year of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House. There could be no better setting. We deck the halls 19th century style - table top tree, poinsettias, flickering candles ...
Check out our chat on The Johnny O Show podcast! Hard to believe that we're just 2 weeks from opening - and remember that the code "Dickens" will offer a discount for the first week of performances!
Closing Monday, November 5!
Exhibition – A Good Death: 19th Century Lessons in Dying Well
Dying well is the best revenge ...
Poignant recreated scenes of death and grief during the 19th century explore a time when families gathered by the bedside of the dying and funerals were held at home. Pay your last respects at family patriarch Seabury Tredwell’s deathbed upstairs, then join in the mourning in the double parlor, hung with black crepe and set with a coffin for his funeral. In the 20th century, with advances in medicine, hospitals became the place of death and many customs of dying, bereavement, and remembrance disappeared. Today, many of these customs are making a resurgence as a Good Death takes on new meaning.
NEW this year! 19th century postmortem portraiture from The Burns Archive and 21st century neo-conceptual artist Heide Hatry‘s posthumous portraits created out of human ash.
We invite you to stage your own pre-postmortem photograph in our 19th century coffin. Then share with your friends on Instagram and Twitter #mhmcoffin2018.
Included with regular admission; reservations not required.
29 E 4th St
New York, NY
Subway: 6 to Astor Place, N or R to Broadway/8th, F or B to Lafayette Bus: M5 or M6 to Broadway/4th, M102 to 4th, M1 to Brdwy/8th
HOURS: Thurs, 12 to 8pm, Fri-Mon, 12-5pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday) GUIDED TOUR 2pm Fri-Mon & 6:30pm Thurs. SELF-GUIDED TOUR booklet available RESERVATIONS not required for groups of less than 10. ADMISSION: $15 General, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE Members and Children under 12. GROUP TOURS: http://merchantshouse.org/visit PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS: http://merchantshouse.org/calendar
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