No. 1 Washington Mews

Directly behind 7 – 13 Washington Square North this small Regency-flavored cube is the first building on the street with a visible Fifth Avenue entrance.  However, in possible deference to the already-constructed One Fifth Avenue directly to the north, the building has a Washington Mews address.

No. 1 Washington Mews was constructed as part of Scott & Preston’s below-cited scheme for 7 – 13 Washington Square North, which also includes the row of two-story homes that occupy the original garden plots of Washington Square North and which harmonize agreeably with the converted stables.

The Landmarks Commission praises the structure for “its restraint and good use of materials” although comparison to its massive neighbors adds an additional degree of quaintness.  The bulls-eye window and miniaturized portico are nice details: the building is currently the home of the Glucksman Ireland House NYU, the university’s Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies.

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