“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

143 Spring Street

143 Spring Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 3, 2019
1. 143 Spring Street Marker
Inscription.  This Federal house, originally owned by Josiah Purdy, dates from 1818 and was restored in 2010. Initially a dwelling, it is an excellent example of Soho’s early period and of a building undergoing substantial changes in use and occupancy throughout its history.

Beginning as early as 1850 the building was expanded and altered to function for commercial purposes. Its original gambrel roof, lifted to its present configuration, and the wood and glass storefront flanking a chamfered entrance were the house’s first transformations. This change reflects the transition of what was primarily a residential neighborhood into a commercial, manufacturing and retail neighborhood. Significant changes occurred to the historic brick and wood house throughout the 19th century and well into the next.

In 2006 Croc’s Retail with ELAN General Contracting, a design/build company doing work nationwide, and architect William J. Rockwell were permitted by the owners to proceed with the latest transformation, that retains the overall historic building’s shape materially and adds a glass addition revealing more of the original house’s north elevation.

143 Spring Street, 2011 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 26, 2011
2. 143 Spring Street, 2011
As Crocs, with the mentioned modifications. The marker is to the far left.
face bricks on the Spring Street façade demonstrate the numerous alterations the building has endured. More than half of the restored façade uses original face bricks, which were recycled as they were in several previous reconstructions occurring between the Civil War and the mid twentieth century.

The contrast of the new and old bricks tells a particular story of the neighborhood and how buildings endure reassembled and restored. The vision and commitment of Crocs Retail throughout the four year restoration process have preserved this historic building for the people of New York.

April 2010
Erected 2010.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 40° 43.457′ N, 74° 0.071′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street and Wooster Street, on the left when traveling east on Spring Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 143 Spring Street, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fluxhouse Cooperative II (within shouting distance of this marker); Chester Rapkin (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 109 Prince Street (about 600 feet away); 83,85 Sullivan Street
143 Spring Street, 2019 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 3, 2019
3. 143 Spring Street, 2019
Now One Kings Lane, a home furnishing store featuring “curated collections of bedding and art” and unremoved graffiti.
(about 700 feet away); 116 Sullivan Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); General José Artigas Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); 93 Grand Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 203 Prince Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .  The 1818 Josiah Purdy House -- No. 143 Spring Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
143 Spring Street, 2008 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2008
4. 143 Spring Street, 2008
Previous appearance as Tennessee Mountain, a mediocre rib joint.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 27, 2020