50 West 13th Street

This 1846-47 row house possesses an incredibly rich history which spans the 19th and 20th centuries. From 1858 to 1884, it was home to Jacob Day, one of New York’s most wealthy and successful 19th century African American businessmen and real estate owners, crusader for African American civil rights, and a prominent supporter of African American institutions.

Beginning in 1972, 50 West 13th Street was also home of the 13th Street Repertory Company, one of New York’s oldest “Off -Off Broadway” theaters. The theater, and several which occupied the space before it, hosted decades of prominent actors, directors, artists, designers, and playwrights, as well as Off-Off Broadway’s longest-running show ever, “Line.” Village Preservation is seeking landmark designation for the house to save it from demolition following the death of the theater’s owner.

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  • April 16, 2021

    Challenging the Landmarks Preservation Commission to Abide By Its ‘Equity Framework’

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  • April 5, 2021

    Support Rolls in for Saving For 50 West 13th Street, Home of Theater and African American Civil Rights History

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  • March 15, 2021

    Newly Revealed Civil Rights History Powers Push to Save 50 W. 13th St. After City Refuses to Act

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  • January 13, 2021

    Saving 50 West 13th Street, Home of the 13th Street Repertory Theatre

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