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Jane Street

 
 
Jane Street plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2009
1. Jane Street plaque
Inscription.  Sometime prior to 1817, Jane St. was laid out on land owned by the Jaynes family. The present spelling probably memorializes one Jane Gahn, who later owned property in the area.

The oldest surviving building on the block is #111, all that remains of a group of factory buildings completed in 1875 for F.W. Devoe & Co., a paint-and-color works.

The building at #113-115, dating from 1907-09, was originally the Seamen’s Institute, a hotel for visiting sailors and for “seamen in distress.” A beacon, then in place atop the octagonal tower, plays a role in the traditional tale of the arrival of the Titanic survivors at the hotel in 1912. It was owned by the YMCA from 1944 until 1946, when it became the Jane-West Hotel.

#130, a paper warehouse created in 1898 by combining two buildings gutted by fire in 1891, was converted to residential use in 1976.

Plaque made possible by donations from the Jane Street Association and Harbor House Owner’s Corporation to the Greenwich Village Community Task Force
Part of the community-proposed Greenwich Village Waterfront Historic District
 
Erected by
111 Jane Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2009
2. 111 Jane Street
The plaque is near the entrance.
Greenwich Village Community Task Force.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 44.293′ N, 74° 0.541′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Jane Street west of Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Jane St, 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. 82 Jane Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Baldwin (about 500 feet away); Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (about 500 feet away); Westbeth Artists’ Housing (about 500 feet away); The Davisson-Germer Experiment (about 500 feet away); Abingdon Square Doughboy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Private Michael J. Lynch Flagstaff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cpl. John A. Seravalli Memorial Playground (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Jane Street. The Jane Hotel is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Also see . . .
1. Jane Street, West Village. "Forgotten New York" entry (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. The Jane Street "Seamen's Friend Society". "Daytonian in Manhattan"
130 Jane Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2009
3. 130 Jane Street
entry. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Jane Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 31, 2009
4. Jane Hotel
formerly Hotel Riverview; originally American Seamen's Friend Society Sailors' Home & Institute
The Seaman's Institute Hotel, with the original beacon tower image. Click for full size.
By Village Confidential, Unknown
5. The Seaman's Institute Hotel, with the original beacon tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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