Conservation Work & Houses

Schermerhorn Row

Schermerhorn Row

Burling Slip & South Street, South Street Seaport, Manhattan

The Schermerhorn Row block was built in 1812 as a single monumental complex of Federal style mercantile buildings. It is on an entire city block and had a uniform design fronting on four streets; it was New York’s earliest and largest entrepreneurial development.

The Schermerhorn Row remains as the largest and best preserved group of buildings of its type and the most intact waterfront structure from the early Republic. During the past two centuries changes altered the appearance of the unified block including, in 1955, the removal of the corner of Burling Slip and South Street.

In 1992, the Office of Joseph Pell Lombardi, Architect was commissioned by the South Street Seaport Museum and the New York State Maritime Museum to reconstruct the missing corner at Burling Slip and South Street for use as a Center for International Maritime History with an emphasis on early immigration at the Seaport and its link to European and Asian ports.

The project has not yet been realized.

  • One of the earliest views
  • 1930s View