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

Housing

Seneca Village Community

 
 
Housing wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner
1. Housing wayside
Inscription.  
In 1855, Seneca Village was comprised of 52 dwellings concentrated in the area between 82nd and 86th Streets. On a lot near this sign stood two homes – comprised of small and poorly constructed buildings, and inhabited by squatters. It had a range of building types and residents either rented or owned their homes. Most residents lived not in shanties, but in one-, two, or three-story wooden houses. Archeological excavations revealed that at least some of these houses had substantial stone foundations and metal roofing, indicating that they were well-built.

Many of the dwellings were quite small by today’s standards and residents lived in crowded conditions – sometimes two families in one house. But they had more space than had they lived downtown, as well as access to outdoor space. Many properties had sheds, and several had stables and/or barns.
 
Erected 2020 by Central Park Conservancy.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 40° 
Housing wayside site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2020
2. Housing wayside site
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46.961′ N, 73° 58.165′ W. Marker is in Seneca Village Community, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from West 83rd Street just east of Central Park West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Central Park, Seneca Village Community, New York 10024, New York. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lanes, Lots and Streets (within shouting distance of this marker); Tanner’s Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Summit Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Americans (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Livelihoods (about 150 meters away); Discover Seneca Village (about 150 meters away); All Angels’ Church (about 150 meters away); The Wilson House (about 150 meters away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Seneca Village. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Seneca Village Site. Central Park Conservancy website entry:
Links to several related sub-topics (Submitted on April 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Seneca Village, New York City. National Park Service entry (Submitted on April 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2020
3. Inset
Although this photograph does not depict a house in Seneca Village, but one further south, it does give us a sense of what a two-story house in the village may have looked like. This house appears to have an attached shed, a stove-pipe chimney, and a paned window.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2020
4. Inset
The two African-American families living on this plot were close neighbors, both renting from Lucy Celia Wallace. Salmon Hutchings, a labored, lived in the two-story house with his wife and five children. Although it was much smaller, the shanty also had seven residents; John White, a sailor, and his wife and five children.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2020
5. Inset
This photograph depicts a cluster of buildings, considered shanties, adjacent to Central Park in the 1880s. These were simple wood structures, typically with one room and built without basements or fireplaces. Ten Seneca Village families lived in buildings comparable to these.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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