Calendar of Events

Opens Thursday, January 29
Exhibition – Manhattan’s First Landmark
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Opens Monday, February 2
Exhibition – Out of Their Boxes: The Tredwell Costume Collection on Display
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The HeiressTuesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Screening of The Heiress (1949), starring Olivia de Haviland, Montgomery Clift, and the Merchant’s House
Based on Washington Square, Henry James’s classic novel of mid-19th century New York City, this Academy Award winning and haunting film tells the story of young love — and a dominating father who didn’t approve.

The similarities between James’s Catherine Sloper and our own Gertrude Tredwell are uncanny. Like Catherine, Gertrude never married, and according to family legend was forbidden from marrying her sweetheart, Luis Walton. We recently uncovered new information about Luis – and even a previously unidentified photograph in the Museum’s archives. The film and our new discoveries will be introduced by Merchant’s House board member Anthony Bellov.

And you’ll see the Merchant’s House as you watch in the Greek Revival double parlor. The filmmakers designed the sets based on our period rooms. 114 minutes.

$20, $10 MHM Members. Reservations required; click here for tickets.

Saturday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Love in the Parlors: A Valentine in Concert
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents lush, romantic vocal music of the world’s greatest 19th-century composers performed in the Museum’s Greek Revival parlors . Singers Anthony Bellov, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by Rossini, Schumann, Liszt, Delibes, Rachmaninoff, Stephen Foster, and more. Chosen by NBC Online and TimeOut NY as a top pick for Valentine’s Day.  75 minutes. $30, $20 MHM Members. VIP – Front Row tickets $40. Reservations required; click here for tickets.

Friday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost Tour
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of 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”) by flickering candlelight and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. 50 minutes. $20, $10 MHM Members. Reservations required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Saturday, February 21, 3:30 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 not required.

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 in a profusion of revival styles including the Greek, Gothic, Renaissance, Italian, French, and English among others. A rapidly expanding population with increasing wealth during this period made New York City a uniquely fertile site for architects, craftsmen and home goods manufacturers to develop their art and display their sophistication in the emerging “Empire City.” The resultant urban landscape became a fantastic mix of styles, colors, patterns and decoration – and ultimately the stuff of our beloved historic districts and individual landmarks of today.

Architect and lecturer Curtis Estes 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. All proceeds go directly to helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the house from the impending construction next door.

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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. Tickets will be available on January 19.

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.

 

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. Students & Seniors $5. FREE for Members. Reservations not required.

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.

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