1 Christopher Street is an imposing Neo-Federalist apartment house in the heart of Greenwich Village, towering over nearby landmarks Stonewall Inn and Jefferson Market Courthouse.
The 16-story structure was built in 1931. Architects Van Wart & Wein designed One Christopher six years after their Beekman Mansions on E 51st Street. The pair are an interesting contrast. One Christopher is best viewed from afar, as its best architectural details are a dozen stories up. Beekman Mansions is best viewed close up, as its architectural details are in the four-story base.
Retail spaces are at street level along the Greenwich Avenue facade; 131 rental apartments – studios and one-bedroom units – rise above.
Largely because of the views, City Realty calls the building “one of the finest pre-war rental apartment buildings in Greenwich Village.” Thanks to Greenwich Village’s landmark status, those views will be preserved for decades to come.
1 Christopher Street Vital Statistics
- Location: 1 Christopher Street at Greenwich Avenue (aka 7 Greenwich Avenue)
- Year completed: 1931
- Architect: Van Wart & Wein
- Floors: 16
- Style: neo-Federalist
- New York City Landmark: 1969 (Greenwich Village Historic District)
1 Christopher Street Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry (Christopher Street)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
- Street Easy NY listing (includes floor plans)
- City Realty review
- Forgotten New York blog
- Emporis database