Merchant House Museum

Location: 29 E. Fourth St., New York Three floors and seven period rooms containing the possessions of the merchant family that lived in the House for 100 years -- from 1835 to 1933 -- including their furnishings, clothing, and personal items. The late-Federal and Greek Revival house is considered one of the finest surviving examples of the architecture of the period. Our 19th-century garden is also open for viewing. Oh, and some say we have ghosts ... Built in 1832, the Merchant‘s House Museum is a unique survivor of old New York. It is New York City‘s only family home preserved intact - inside and out - from the 19th century. Home to a prosperous merchant family for almost 100 years, it is complete with its original furniture, decorative arts, clothing, and personal memorabilia. The Family An importer of hardware with a business downtown on Pearl Street, near the South Street Seaport, Seabury Tredwell was a typical wealthy New York City merchant of the first half of the 19th century. In 1835, he and his wife, Eliza, moved their large family of seven children, two boys and five girls, into the red-brick and white-marble row house located in the Bond Street Area, just north of the growing city. Since the 1820s, this exclusive residential suburb had provided a refuge for wealthy merchants who wanted to escape the congestion of lower Manhattan as it became more and more commercial. The elegance and beauty of this section cannot be surpassed in the country, exclaimed one New York newspaper in 1835. New York had established itself as the preeminent port of the United States, and its economy and population were exploding.