299 East 8th Street | Block : 391 | Lot #59
Description & Building Alterations
This 1902 tenement building reflects the tenement law of 1901 and is considered a “new law” tenement. Rather than the dumbbell shaped footprint of its predecessors, this plan has more street frontage and open courtyards within the plan to allow for additional light and air. This building still retains much of its original detail and retains its original cornice. The Renaissance Revival style of the building is indicated by the contrasting string courses at the base, simulated quoins framing groupings of bays and its classical ornament. The entrance retains its original Ionic columns. Built simultaneously as its neighbor at 305 East 8th Street, this building retains its original cornice and has a slightly more decorative fire escape with curved balusters. When built, this building was designed to house 30 families.
Block : 391 / Lot : 059 / Building Date : 1902 / Original Owner : Nathan Silverson / Original Use : Residential / Original Architect : George Frederick Pelham