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Westbeth Artists’ Housing

 
 
Westbeth Artists’ Housing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
1. Westbeth Artists’ Housing Marker
Inscription.  This complex of buildings was built from c. 1860 to 1934. It served as the home of Bell Telephone Labs (1898 to 1966) where many technological innovations were developed or advanced, including radar, television and video telephones. It re-opened in 1970 as Westbeth, an early example of large-scale adaptive re-use of an industrial building. One of the first projects developed in collaboration with the J.M. Kaplan Fund, it continues to provide affordable live-work space to nearly four hundred artists and their families. The complex is a designated New York City and National Historic landmark, and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Placed by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
 
Erected by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 40° 44.215′ N, 74° 0.506′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is
55 Bethune Street entrance image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
2. 55 Bethune Street entrance
To the left, a remnant of The High Line elevated railway that used to run through the building.
on Bethune Street near Washington Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Bethune Street, New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Davisson-Germer Experiment (here, next to this marker); Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (a few steps from this marker); 82 Jane Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Baldwin (about 700 feet away); Abingdon Square Doughboy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenwich Village Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); 134 Charles Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Beatrice Inn (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Westbeth Artists’ Housing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
3. Westbeth Artists’ Housing Marker
and associated markers at the 55 Bethune Street entrance.
Westbeth image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 1, 2009
4. Westbeth
Living area internal courtyard
The Westbeth complex and High Line remnant image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 27, 2015
5. The Westbeth complex and High Line remnant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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