Calendar of Events

GUIDED TOUR
Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
See below for more information.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 

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Through December 2015
Exhibition – Manhattan’s First Landmark

Through Friday, March 27
Exhibition – Out of Their Boxes: The Tredwell Costume Collection on Display

Thursday, April 2, to Monday, June 29
“All Broadway is Black with Mourning:” The 150th Anniversary of the Assassination and Funeral of Abraham Lincoln, April 1865

MARCH EVENTS

Thursday, March 5, to Monday, March 30
Exhibition – “Sacred to the Memory:” The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell
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Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
See below for more information.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Lecture
Creating Landmarks: Revival Style Townhouses of 19th Century Manhattan

The 19th century European and American passion for historic, romantic, and picturesque architecture combined to create a profusion of revival styles, including the Greek, Gothic, Renaissance, Italian, French, and English. A rapidly expanding population with increasing wealth during this period made the emerging ‘Empire City’ a uniquely fertile site for architects, craftsmen, and home goods manufacturers to develop their arts and display their sophistication. The resultant urban landscape became a fantastic mix of styles, colors, patterns, and decoration – and ultimately the beloved stuff of today’s historic districts and individual landmarks.

Curtis Estes, architect and lecturer, returns for the final installment in his three-part series exploring the development of that most essential of all urban building types – the townhouse.
$10, $5 Members. Click here for tickets.

landmarks50


This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary
of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to
helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending
construction next door. Learn more here.

 

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The Merchant’s House Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
“Spirit of the Irish” Candlelight Ghost Tour
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. For more than seven decades, mystifying and mysterious tales have surrounded the Merchant’s House, leading The New York Times to call it “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” On this candle-lit tour, venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight people died, and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from those who actually experienced them. Many of the most peculiar occurrences have been related to the Tredwells’ Irish servants, and so this special tour will include the 4th floor Servants’ Quarters.
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members. (Upcoming Ghost Tours: Friday, April 17, May 15, and June 17.)

Saturday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.
At the Tredwells’ Table – Cooking Demonstration and Tasting
The Good, the Bad, and the Guinness: Celebrating the History of Irish Cooking

Since ancient times, Irish cooking has been a simple, hearty cuisine full of tradition and strong ties to the land. Throughout the turbulent tale of Irish history, Irish cooking and its star ingredient, the potato, have taken culinary hard knocks, yet the cuisine emerges triumphant in its ability to coax exceptional flavor from natural ingredients with the simplest of preparations.

In celebration of the Tredwells’ Irish servants, we will examine the true history of Irish food and its well-deserved and celebrated modern renaissance. Professionally trained chef and Merchant’s House tour guide Carl Raymond offers a discussion of Irish cooking over the past 400 years with a focus on the 19th century and the lives of the Irish servants who once worked in the Merchant’s House, as well as a cooking demonstration and tasting. Two of Ireland’s classic dishes will be prepared: a rich Colcannon soup with potato and cabbage and an authentic meat and Guinness stew. In addition, modern culinary tips and techniques on preparing these classic dishes will be demonstrated. The presentation will take place in the original kitchen where the servants worked and will be accompanied by a choice of Guinness or wine. Each guest will receive a recipe booklet to take home. $40; $25 Members. Reserve early; space is very limited; reservations required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 15, Walking Tour at 12:30 p.m., House Tour at 2 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants
Join us for a walking tour, In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy, and a back-stairs look at the Merchant’s House, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). Come climb the narrow staircase to the just-restored fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work. You’ll learn why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without them. Included with regular admission. Reservations not required.

APRIL EVENTS

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
First Annual Ada Louise Huxtable Lecture:
Preservation, Who Needs It Anyway?

Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Preservationists were once welcomed in urban environments as the lynchpin for stabilization and recovery and the key to balanced and intelligent development. Now they’re often portrayed as adversaries and obstacles to growth. Why this flip-flop? Is this accurate? Does the preservation movement still have an important positive role to play in New York City? And what is that role?

Hugh Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures, and planning projects for the public realm across America. A major presence in New York, H3 has completed restoration of Radio City Music Hall, multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York Botanical Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center together with restoration of Bryant Park. Their faithful recreations of the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theaters on 42nd Street were pivotal to reemergence of this famed street as one of New York’s premier places of entertainment. Mr. Hardy’s work is consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context.
Reception follows.
$25, $15 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

landmarks50This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary
of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to
helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending
construction next door. Learn more here.

Saturday, April 11, 3 p.m.
Special Interactive Tour for Families: A Child’s View of Life in 19th Century New York
29 East Fourth Street was home not only to the eight Tredwell children, but also to two young granddaughters. Come tour the house and learn what life was like for children (and adults) in the 1850s, from schoolwork and chores to games and play. Could you carry a bucket of coal up steep stairs? Do you have a calling card? A top hat? What, no hoop skirt? How did you take a bath? And penmanship really, really mattered.
Best for children 8 to 12 years old. $15, one adult, one child. $20, one adult, two children (max.).
Reservations required; click here for tickets.

Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died (and The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”) by flickering candlelight and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50 minutes. $20, $10 Members.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: Friday, May 15 and June 19.

Sunday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
Celebration of the Passing of the Landmarks Law in 1965
Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center. The tour will feature stories of famous as well as infamous residents and builders of these landmarks and the renowned architects who designed them. Stops will include Colonnade Row, the DeVinne Press Building, Astor Library, The Cooper Union, and the Bayard-Condict Building.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
Reservations not required.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

landmarks50This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary
of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to
helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending
construction next door. Learn more here.

Sunday, April 26, 6 p.m.
Concert - Farewell, Father, Friend and Guardian: A Musical Elegy Commemorating President Lincoln’s Death
In commemoration of President Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents music composed in 1865 offering solace to a newly reunited nation in shock and grief. The program title comes from a popular song by celebrated American composer George F. Root, most famous for his Civil War songs. A slide lecture about the history of Lincoln’s assassination, its aftermath, and the funeral train that transported the president from Washington, D.C. to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois intertwines iconography and period photos to make this a unique and edifying multimedia presentation.
$30, $20 Members.

 

Guided House Tours

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Guided Tour of the Merchant’s House Museum

Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of this Federal and Greek Revival style row house virtually complete with the family’s original furnishings and decorative arts.

The tour concludes in the newly restored 4th-floor Servants’ Quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in Manhattan,” according to Time Out New York. You are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the wealthy Tredwell family’s staff of four domestic servants lived and did some of their work.

Included with regular admission. (Always FREE for Members)
Reservations not required for groups of fewer than 10 people. If your group has more than 10 people, please contact us about scheduling a group program.

Sunday Walking Tours: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of NoHo

12:30 p.m., March 8, April 19, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, and November 8
Tours are one hour and begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.

On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center. The tour will feature stories of famous as well as infamous residents and builders of these landmarks and the renowned architects who designed them. Stops will include Colonnade Row, the DeVinne Press Building, Astor Library, The Cooper Union, and the Bayard-Condict Building.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
Reservations not required.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

landmarks50This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending construction next door. Learn more here.