Merchant's House Museum

Merchant's House Museum 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.
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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

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06/21/2021

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From all of us at the Merchant's House, Happy Juneteenth!
06/19/2021

From all of us at the Merchant's House, Happy Juneteenth!

From all of us at the Merchant's House, Happy Juneteenth!

On June 13, 1820 – 201 years ago today – Seabury Tredwell married Eliza Earle Parker at St. George's Church in lower Man...
06/13/2021

On June 13, 1820 – 201 years ago today – Seabury Tredwell married Eliza Earle Parker at St. George's Church in lower Manhattan. Fifteen years later, they moved their growing family to Fourth Street, and the rest is history.

Pictured here, details of Eliza Tredwell's wedding gown. This cotton Empire-style dress is the earliest in the Museum’s collection.

At the turn of the 19th century, amid vast political and philosophical changes taking place throughout Europe and America, women’s fashion also underwent a revolution. In place of the stiff stays, whalebone panniers, and many yards of heavy silk brocade that characterized the last quarter of the 18th century, fashionable ladies adopted a simpler, lighter, and looser columnar style inspired by classical statues – often in fine, nearly transparent white cotton muslin that imitated marble. The style reflected the neoclassical movement that swept the Western world, beginning in the 18th century and continuing into the 19th century.

The hem of this dress was most likely embroidered by a skilled artisan in India. The embroidered muslin would then be shipped to the west, sold in bolts, and joined to a hand-made cotton bodice by a dressmaker.

Letter from a third grader, 1993: "Thank you for showing me about Old Merchant's House. I loved the liveing [sic] room b...
06/10/2021

Letter from a third grader, 1993: "Thank you for showing me about Old Merchant's House. I loved the liveing [sic] room but I really wanted to sit on the furniture. Maybe I will get that kind of furniture. Yah, when pigs fly."

#merchantshouse #merchantshousemuseum #tbt #ThrowbackThursday

Letter from a third grader, 1993: "Thank you for showing me about Old Merchant's House. I loved the liveing [sic] room but I really wanted to sit on the furniture. Maybe I will get that kind of furniture. Yah, when pigs fly."

#merchantshouse #merchantshousemuseum #tbt #ThrowbackThursday

The Nunns and Fischers rosewood square pianoforte, 1846-8, is arguably the most significant piece of furniture in the Tr...
06/08/2021

The Nunns and Fischers rosewood square pianoforte, 1846-8, is arguably the most significant piece of furniture in the Tredwells' front parlor. Music was an important part of social life in the 19th century, and an expensive piano like this one reflected high social standing. (Photo by Dylan Chandler.)

The Nunns and Fischers rosewood square pianoforte, 1846-8, is arguably the most significant piece of furniture in the Tredwells' front parlor. Music was an important part of social life in the 19th century, and an expensive piano like this one reflected high social standing. (Photo by Dylan Chandler.)

Thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN),  we completed the conservation of the Tredwe...
06/06/2021

Thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN), we completed the conservation of the Tredwell parlor dome. Known as “glass shades” in the 19th century, parlor domes were ubiquitous in fashionable homes in the mid-19th century. They typically featured decorative items like dried flowers, wax fruit, baskets, and other ephemera, housed under a glass dome. The contents of the Tredwell dome were made by hand, likely by a member of the Tredwell family, but domes could also be purchased at department stores.

Painstakingly restored by Kerith Koss Schrager, Found-Objects Conservation, the Tredwell parlor dome can once again take pride of place in the museum’s double parlor.

Summer Evenings in the Garden return TONIGHT! The Merchant’s House is open on Thursday evenings, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come t...
06/03/2021

Summer Evenings in the Garden return TONIGHT! The Merchant’s House is open on Thursday evenings, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come take a self-guided tour of our landmark building, or just enjoy our 19th century garden. As you can see, our head gardener has been hard at work!

You can pre-book tickets on our website at www.merchantshouse.org/visit but reservations are not required. If you’re in the area, stop on by!

#merchantshouse #merchantshousemuseum #19thcentury #nycmuseums #nycgardens

It's June, which means wedding season is upon us, and our 19th century "secret" garden is the perfect backdrop for an in...
06/02/2021

It's June, which means wedding season is upon us, and our 19th century "secret" garden is the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony or small celebration. We're looking forward to celebrating with this year's couples, but still have availability this summer if you know a couple looking for an ideal venue! Get in touch!

(Photo by Windau Photography)

It's June, which means wedding season is upon us, and our 19th century "secret" garden is the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony or small celebration. We're looking forward to celebrating with this year's couples, but still have availability this summer if you know a couple looking for an ideal venue! Get in touch!

(Photo by Windau Photography)

Today’s Tredwell Times in Art salutes the medium of photography with this 1855 image of Washington Square Park @gettymus...
05/27/2021

Today’s Tredwell Times in Art salutes the medium of photography with this 1855 image of Washington Square Park @gettymuseum by American photographer Silas A.Holmes (1820-1886). The image is looking towards Broadway and facing Washington Square East and Washington Place. Visible in the background on the left are the Gothic Revival towers of NYU’s Old Main Building (1835-1894), designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. On the right is the Dutch Reformed Church (1840-1895), designed by Minard Lafever, also in the Gothic Revival style. Washington Square Park, after its site was used as a Potter’s field and a parade ground, became a public park in 1827. The area began attracting wealthy families who built the fancy Greek Revival mansions along its edge. Stanford White’s famous marble Washington Arch would not appear until 1890-92. Holmes, who had a studio on Broadway, was known for capturing New York City’s buildings and neighborhoods as it underwent tremendous change. The Tredwells of Fourth Street would have been thoroughly familiar with this view of the Park; they may even be in the photograph! #tredwelltimesinart #washingtonsquarepark #silasholmes #dutchreformedchurch #newyorkuniversity #gothicrevivalarchitecture #americanphotographers #nychistory #oldnewyork #oldwashingtonsquare #tredwellfamily

Today’s Tredwell Times in Art salutes the medium of photography with this 1855 image of Washington Square Park @gettymuseum by American photographer Silas A.Holmes (1820-1886). The image is looking towards Broadway and facing Washington Square East and Washington Place. Visible in the background on the left are the Gothic Revival towers of NYU’s Old Main Building (1835-1894), designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. On the right is the Dutch Reformed Church (1840-1895), designed by Minard Lafever, also in the Gothic Revival style. Washington Square Park, after its site was used as a Potter’s field and a parade ground, became a public park in 1827. The area began attracting wealthy families who built the fancy Greek Revival mansions along its edge. Stanford White’s famous marble Washington Arch would not appear until 1890-92. Holmes, who had a studio on Broadway, was known for capturing New York City’s buildings and neighborhoods as it underwent tremendous change. The Tredwells of Fourth Street would have been thoroughly familiar with this view of the Park; they may even be in the photograph! #tredwelltimesinart #washingtonsquarepark #silasholmes #dutchreformedchurch #newyorkuniversity #gothicrevivalarchitecture #americanphotographers #nychistory #oldnewyork #oldwashingtonsquare #tredwellfamily

On this May Monday Tredwell Times in Art salutes Queen Victoria on her 202nd birthday! Victoria (1819-1901), who became ...
05/24/2021

On this May Monday Tredwell Times in Art salutes Queen Victoria on her 202nd birthday! Victoria (1819-1901), who became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at the age of 18, ruled over her kingdom through an enormous period of expansion, as well as tremendous social reform and industrial change. In addition, she was one of the great influencers of the 19th century, having such an impact on societal trends that an entire era was named for her. Through her early embrace of the medium of photography, Victoria’s fashion choices became mainstream in the United States as well; no doubt the Tredwell women copied her style. Her choice of a white wedding dress in 1840 established that iconic style for brides; her penchant for rich fabrics and jewelry found its way across the pond. After the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861, her elaborate mourning attire helped to formalize rules and codes of mourning that persisted well into the 20th century. Fashion magazines like Godey’s Lady’s Book and Peterson’s helped to popularize Victorian style; wealthy women like the Tredwells could afford to emulate the popular fashions of the day. Painting of Queen Victoria by Franz Xavier Winterhalter (1842) at @chateauversailles. Swipe to see other images of Queen Victoria. #tredwelltimesinart #queenvictoria #whiteweddingdress #mourningattire #victorianfashions #godeysladysbook #tredwellwomen

NYC is reopening, so come calling! The Tredwells are 'at home' to receive you!The Merchant's House is currently open on ...
05/21/2021

NYC is reopening, so come calling! The Tredwells are 'at home' to receive you!

The Merchant's House is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays. Guided tour at 12 p.m., with self-guided tours from 1-5 p.m.

And in June, we're expanding our hours! Summer Evenings in the Garden return on Thursdays (starting June 3) from 5 to 8 p.m. Take a self-guided tour or just enjoy the garden in bloom! And then on Fridays (starting June 4), take a guided tour at 12, or come for a self-guided tour from 1-5 p.m.

For the continued safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, masks are still required, regardless of vaccination status.

For tickets, more information, and all our tour guidelines & covid safety protocols, visit www.merchantshouse.org/visit.

We'll see you soon!!

NYC is reopening, so come calling! The Tredwells are 'at home' to receive you!

The Merchant's House is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays. Guided tour at 12 p.m., with self-guided tours from 1-5 p.m.

And in June, we're expanding our hours! Summer Evenings in the Garden return on Thursdays (starting June 3) from 5 to 8 p.m. Take a self-guided tour or just enjoy the garden in bloom! And then on Fridays (starting June 4), take a guided tour at 12, or come for a self-guided tour from 1-5 p.m.

For the continued safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, masks are still required, regardless of vaccination status.

For tickets, more information, and all our tour guidelines & covid safety protocols, visit www.merchantshouse.org/visit.

We'll see you soon!!

Has anyone noticed that the streets of New York are getting noisy again? Slowly but surely our great city is reopening. ...
05/20/2021

Has anyone noticed that the streets of New York are getting noisy again? Slowly but surely our great city is reopening. But one wonders, if there were no cars, would today’s streets be as cacophonous as those of 19th century New York, with all of its hawkers, peddlers, and tradesmen plying the streets selling their goods? Nicolino Calyo (1799-1804), expertly captured these vendors in the series “Cries of New York,” ca. 1840-44. Tredwell Times in Art presents “The Milk-Man,” @nyhistory, who sits astride his cart filled with metal containers of milk fresh from his New Jersey, Long Island, or upstate farm. This figure surely would have been known to the Tredwell servants. Running outside to collect the milk was one of the servant’s many tasks; upon hearing his arrival on Fourth Street, she would bring out the various jugs and pails used to collect the milk, poured from one of the metal canisters. The Tredwells had an ice box to keep their milk and other dairy products fresh, so they may have not needed a daily delivery (although with 18 people living in the house at one point you have to wonder). In his charming series, Caylo also portrayed the oyster man, the match boy, the strawberry girl, the soap fat man, and other colorful characters who even then, made New York a unique city. #tredwelltimesinart #19thcenturyart #americanart #19thcenturynewyorkcity #nicolinocalyo #newyorkhistoricalsociety #milkman

Has anyone noticed that the streets of New York are getting noisy again? Slowly but surely our great city is reopening. But one wonders, if there were no cars, would today’s streets be as cacophonous as those of 19th century New York, with all of its hawkers, peddlers, and tradesmen plying the streets selling their goods? Nicolino Calyo (1799-1804), expertly captured these vendors in the series “Cries of New York,” ca. 1840-44. Tredwell Times in Art presents “The Milk-Man,” @nyhistory, who sits astride his cart filled with metal containers of milk fresh from his New Jersey, Long Island, or upstate farm. This figure surely would have been known to the Tredwell servants. Running outside to collect the milk was one of the servant’s many tasks; upon hearing his arrival on Fourth Street, she would bring out the various jugs and pails used to collect the milk, poured from one of the metal canisters. The Tredwells had an ice box to keep their milk and other dairy products fresh, so they may have not needed a daily delivery (although with 18 people living in the house at one point you have to wonder). In his charming series, Caylo also portrayed the oyster man, the match boy, the strawberry girl, the soap fat man, and other colorful characters who even then, made New York a unique city. #tredwelltimesinart #19thcenturyart #americanart #19thcenturynewyorkcity #nicolinocalyo #newyorkhistoricalsociety #milkman

May is Lower East Side History Month! To celebrate, we're offering a special walking tour of historic 19th century Noho....
05/19/2021

May is Lower East Side History Month! To celebrate, we're offering a special walking tour of historic 19th century Noho.

Join us tomorrow, May 20, at 2 p.m. for a journey back in time to the elite "Bond Street Area," and see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwell home evolved over the 19th century from a refined residential enclave to a busy commercial and cultural center.

Only a few tickets left! Get yours today at https://merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations/#!/May-20-2-p-m-%E2%80%93-LES-History-Month-Walking-Tour/p/350316197/category=1651948

May is Lower East Side History Month! To celebrate, we're offering a special walking tour of historic 19th century Noho.

Join us tomorrow, May 20, at 2 p.m. for a journey back in time to the elite "Bond Street Area," and see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwell home evolved over the 19th century from a refined residential enclave to a busy commercial and cultural center.

Only a few tickets left! Get yours today at https://merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations/#!/May-20-2-p-m-%E2%80%93-LES-History-Month-Walking-Tour/p/350316197/category=1651948

Tonight at 6 pm! Join us for "Domestic Staff: Their Work, Their Houses, Their Lives, from the Federal Period through the...
05/18/2021

Tonight at 6 pm! Join us for "Domestic Staff: Their Work, Their Houses, Their Lives, from the Federal Period through the Gilded Age" – a virtual panel discussion where five historic house museums will explore the experiences of the domestic staff that lived and worked at our sites.

Domestic servants made possible the lifestyles of many families in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but their stories often go untold. Why did they choose domestic service? What was their relationship with each other and the families they worked for? How did they experience the house?

This event is organized by our friends at The Gibson House Museum and features Gore Place, The Elms (Preservation Society of Newport County), Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and (of course) the Merchant's House!

Suggested donation $10 – register at https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/thegibsonhouse/items/304585/availability/651973980/book/

This Monday morning, as everyone gets down to the business of the week, Tredwell Times in Art celebrates the historic ev...
05/17/2021

This Monday morning, as everyone gets down to the business of the week, Tredwell Times in Art celebrates the historic event that took place on this day in 1792: the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement, the financial document that founded what would become the New York Stock Exchange. Pictured is the mural by Vincent Maragliotti that adorns the 1792 Restaurant at @nyse, which commemorates the historic signing. This agreement, signed by 24 merchants/stockbrokers at Corre’s Hotel, was named after the buttonwood tree under which the men routinely gathered to transact business. After the new country’s first financial panic in March of that year, the wealthy business men of the City agreed to a set of rules that would govern the sale of stock, without using unregulated auctions. The hub of trade activity was the Tontine Coffee House, (pictured in the second image @nyhistory by Francis Guy ca. 1820), the building at left with the flagpole, located on Water and Wall Streets. Seabury Tredwell did not arrive in New York City until ca. 1800, but in his later years, he used his enormous wealth to purchase stock in many new utilities, accumulating a valuable stock and bond portfolio that his family, especially his four unmarried daughters, would rely on throughout their lives. #buttonwoodagreement #newyorkstockexchange #tredwelltimesinart #wallstreet #tontinecoffeehouse #francisguy #vincentmaragliotti #seaburytredwell #tredwellfamily #stocksandbonds #wallstreethistory

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29 E 4th St
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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

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HOURS: Thurs-Mon, 12-5pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday) GUIDED TOUR 2pm Thurs-Mon 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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Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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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 and the commercial emporium of America. "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

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