222 East 13th Street | Block : 468 | Lot #20
Description & Building Alterations
Built in 1848, this three-story row house is one of the oldest remaining buildings on the block and was likely built as a fashionable single-family residence, which was later subdivided into smaller apartments in the 1870s. The triangular- pedimented cornice, parts of the door surround, and the elongated window openings of the first-floor windows are all that remains of the elegant Italianate details that were original to the home. In serious disrepair, the structure was declared unsafe in 1920 and received numerous other citations throughout the 1930s.
Since 2018 the building is the home of the Bea Arthur Residence, which provides safe, quality transitional housing for homeless LGBT teenagers and young adults. The actress funded the project undertaken by Cooper Square Mutual Housing and the Ali Forney Center, and is a first-of-its-kind transitional housing for LGBT youth. The Bea Arthur Residence was awarded the Regina Kellerman Award by Village Preservation in 2018 for the exceptional restoration of this 19th-century row house.
Block : 468 / Lot : 020 / Building Date : 1848 / Original Owner : Charles B. White / Original Use : Residential / Original Architect : Unknown