This red-brick townhouse in SoHo, a downtown Manhattan neighborhood, is both a New York City Designated Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1832 as an investment property, the townhouse is known for its elaborate framing around the front door and other architectural details.
Key Features of the Landmark
Real estate developer and bookbinder Charles Starr built 116 Sullivan Street and six other houses, including his own a few doors down, as an investment. The building was designed in the Federal style but has some Greek Revival details, including small Ionic columns flanking the front door.
Notably, each sidelight is broken into three ovals with wooden frames. The frames are carved in such a way as to simulate a cloth sash drawn through a series of curtain rings.
After a building with a similar doorway on Cherry Street was demolished, 116 Sullivan Street had the only surviving doorway of this kind in the city, suggesting the block’s original appearance when affluent families lived there, according to public documents.
Today, 116 Sullivan Street remains a residence admired for its unique historical and aesthetic characteristics. It has five floors, a cellar, a roof deck and a garden patio. The 18-room interior contains nine bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths.
Brief History of 116 Sullivan Street
1832: Bookbinder and real estate developer Charles Starr builds seven houses, including his own, on former farmland on Sullivan Street.
1872: The red-brick townhouse at 116 Sullivan Street is heightened two stories.
1973: The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission declares 116 Sullivan Street a Designated Landmark because of the elaborate design of its front doorway, especially the oval sidelights with carved wooden frames.
1989: A plaque is installed at the house briefly describing its history and unique doorframe.
2018: Renovated with modern appliances and other interior touches, 116 Sullivan Street is listed for sale at $16 million.
Location & Tourism
The townhouse at 116 Sullivan Street is located between Spring and Prince streets in Downtown Manhattan. It is about one-tenth of a mile from Spring Street Park, roughly one-quarter mile from New York University, and about half a mile from the marble triumphal arch at Washington Square Park.
Interesting Facts About 116 Sullivan Street
- The building is 24 feet wide and is considered a two-family house because the garden floor has a two-bedroom apartment with a second entrance beneath the front stoop.
- The interior has about 7,448 square feet of living space.
- The multi-level garden and roof deck add about 2,078 square feet.
- Grand windows, flanked by shutters on Sullivan Street, allow for abundant natural light.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from 116 Sullivan Street
Belluck & Fox’s Manhattan office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036. From 116 Sullivan Street, head north and turn left onto Prince Street, and then turn right onto Sixth Avenue. Follow Sixth Avenue north until you reach 46th Street. Turn right on 46th, and drive east one block and then turn right again onto Fifth Avenue. Our office is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 45th Street.
Our law office also is accessible by taking the C train or the E train uptown from Spring Street to the Fifth Avenue/53rd Street Station.
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