Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Once known as Brick Row or Regimental Row and now as Colonelsí Row, the group of eight brick houses in front of you was built by the Army between 1893 and 1917. Although all were built to standard Army plans, slight variations over the years have made the houses unique. Most of the alterations took place around 1938 under the supervision of the Works Progress Administration – a program created to provide jobs for the nationís growing number of unemployed during the Great Depression. Garages were added at this time, along with the impressive line of London Plane trees which front these houses along Hay Road.
The houses were built at a time when joining the Army was not a popular career choice because of its poor housing, low pay, and a slow career track. By 1900, the United States had become a world power and needed to modernize its Army while attracting and retaining good officers to lead it. Colonelsí Row was built, in part, to entice men to make the Army a career and provide their families with quality housing. The capacious houses average 12,500 square feet and included attic space for servantsí quarters, multiple bedrooms and full basements.
At the time of their construction, many of these houses fronted the southwest shore of the island. This prime beachfront location did not last for long. Beginning around
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 40° 41.321′ N, 74° 1.023′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Clayton Road and King Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Clayton Road. Click for map. Marker is located on Governors Island. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Comfort Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Reagan-Gorbachev Meeting 1988 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fort Jay Theater (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clayton Road (about 400 feet away); Division Road (about 400 feet away); Polo on Governors Island (about John Peter Zenger (about 500 feet away); Maj. General Hanson E. Ely Retirement (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Governors Island.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of one of the brick houses on Colonelsí Row. The upper right of the marker contains a photograph of the “Dining Room of Quarters 406 seen during the Coast Guard period.”
Also see . . .
1. History of Governors Island. The Trust for Governors Island website. (Submitted on September 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Governors Island. New York Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.