Description & Building Alterations
This six story brick, limestone, and terra cotta Renaissance Revival apartment building was built in 1897. It features round arch fenestration at the fifth story, elaborate cast iron columns at the storefronts, brick and terra cotta band courses, alternating beveled, bracketed, and round arch lintels, curved and grooved window sills at the fifth story, brick pilasters on corbels at the sixth story, and bracketed pressed tin cornice with dentils and swags. Alterations include entryway alterations, storefront replacement, fire escape, security gates, non-historic lamps, box awnings, and signage. It was built as one in a pair along with 65 East 4th Street.
In 1973 the non-profit Minority Photographers Inc obtained a storefront at 67 East 4th Street that became The 4th Street Photo Gallery. Countless artists and photographers of all ages have sought refuge at the gallery, an iconic salon and exhibition space which catapulted careers that cross the divides of art, science, and politics. As of 2021, the organization maintained its vision of creating collective power among young underrepresented artists in New York City. The founder and curator, filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist Alex Harsley, was the first Black photographer for the New York City District Attorney. Since that time he has continued to capture the true, intimate moments and personality of New York City.
Block : 460 / Lot : 53 / Building Date : 1897 / Original Owner : Jacob Klingenstein n or Joseph Buttenweiser / Original Use : Residential/Commercial / Original Architect : George Frederick Pelham