131-133 Second Avenue Lot #40

133 Second Ave
New York
NY

131-133 Second Avenue Lot #40

Local BusinessCultural SiteHistorical Feature

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Type of resource: Business & Private home
Original use: Residential
Current use: Business & Private home
Over all condition: excellent
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Description of resource: 5 story huge building has business, restaurant and private home. Overall tide upper stories of the building.
History of resource: Before becoming known as a hotspot for counterculture, St. Marks Place was one of the most elite streets in the entire city when it was first built up in the 1830s by developer Thomas E. Davis.
The first structure built on this lot was a large mansion that was sold after its first decade to Eugene Keteltas, whose family kept the mansion in the family for as long as they lasted. In 1912 after the last Keteltas has passed, a permit was filed to replace the mansion with a movie theater. Various newspaper articles claim that before its destruction, the mansion was the last remaining grand private dwelling in the neighborhood, and the final holdout from Second Avenue’s original glory days. The theater was modified periodically for decades following. Today, it is a building of lofts and businesses. At some point in between the end of the movie theater and the complete revision of the building, the Negro Ensemble Company held its first performances here, launching such actors as Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett.
Architect: Unknown
Owner: original Owner : Eugene Keteltas.

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