East Village Building Blocks

630 East 9th Street | Block : 391 | Lot #22

  • Building Date : 1889
  • Original Use : Residential
  • Original Owner : Charles & August Ruff
  • Original Architect : Kurtzer & Rohl

Description & Building Alterations

On the East facing wall of this building are two of the few remaining murals from a collection painted in the 1980s called “La Lucha Continua,” or “the struggle continues.” The murals suffer from damage but have outlived many others that were painted over by building owners. The mural closer to the south side of the building is titled “For the Women of South Africa, Central America and the Lower East Side” by Rikki Asher. The mural closer to the street is titled “Stand Up” by Amy Berniker, Alison Lew, and Ken Bloomer. The murals face the interior of La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez community garden.

This five-story tenement building had four apartments per floor when it was built in 1889.  Once identical buildings were constructed on tax lots 20, 21, and 23.  This building has lost its cornice and has been refaced some time since 2008.  The building at 626 East 9th Street is a closer representation of the building’s original appearance.

Block : 391 / Lot : 022 / Building Date : 1889 / Original Owner : Charles & August Ruff / Original Use : Residential / Original Architect : Kurtzer & Rohl

Photo by Jane Weissman

Photo by Jane Weissman


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