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The Hamilton Fish House, also known as the Stuyvesant Fish House and Nicholas and Elizabeth Stuyvesant Fish House, is where Hamilton Fish (1808-93), future Governor and Senator of New York, was born and resided from 1808 to 1838.[3] It is located at 21 Stuyvesant Street, a diagonal street within the Manhattan street grid, between East 9th Street and East 10th Street in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. It is owned by Cooper Union and used as a residence for the college's president.[4]

Hamilton Fish House
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Hamilton Fish House is located in Manhattan
Hamilton Fish House
Hamilton Fish House
Hamilton Fish House is located in New York
Hamilton Fish House
Hamilton Fish House
Hamilton Fish House is located in the United States
Hamilton Fish House
Hamilton Fish House
Location21 Stuyvesant Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Coordinates40°43′49″N 73°59′20″W / 40.73028°N 73.98889°W / 40.73028; -73.98889Coordinates: 40°43′49″N 73°59′20″W / 40.73028°N 73.98889°W / 40.73028; -73.98889
Built1804 (1804)
Architectural styleFederal
Part ofSt. Mark's Historic District (#74001276)
NRHP reference #72001456[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 31, 1972[1]
Designated NHLMay 15, 1975[2]
Designated CPNovember 13, 1974
Designated NYCLOctober 14, 1965

The brick Federal style house, which was unusually wide for its time[5] was built by Peter Stuyvesant, the great-grandson of Petrus Stuyvesant, around 1804 as a wedding present to his daughter, Elizabeth, and his son-in-law, Nicholas Fish, parents of Hamilton.[6] It was one of five houses owned by the family on their private lane. The land had been the property of the family since the 17th century.[6]

The house remained in the hands of Fish family descendants until roughly the turn of the 20th century. It served for a time as a rooming house thereafter before undergoing restoration in the 1960s.[3] The house was designated a New York City landmark in 1965,[6] and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975.[2][3][7] It also lies within the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's St. Mark's Historic District which surrounds the nearby St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.

The house is of national significance as the only surviving home of Hamilton Fish, who played an important role in the leadership of the nation as its Secretary of State during the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant. Fish was a moderating and moral force in Grant's scandal-plagued tenure, and successfully negotiated the 1871 Treaty of Washington with Great Britain, ushering in an enduring period of peace and cooperation between the two countries.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Hamilton Fish House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05.
  3. ^ a b c d Alexander, Cathy A. (September 1, 1974). "Hamilton Fish House" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  4. ^ Hall, Trish (April 15, 2001). "Habitats/Stuyvesant Street, East Village; A House for a President -- And Also for a Dean". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
  5. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000), AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.), New York: Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5, p.173
  6. ^ a b c New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009), Postal, Matthew A. (ed.), Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.67
  7. ^ "Hamilton Fish House—Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1963 and 1974" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory. National Park Service. 1983.

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