The Merchant's House Museum offers visitors a glimpse of life in a bygone era. The distinction of the Merchant's House is that it is the real thing. One simply walks through the beautiful doorway into another time and place in New York.
Merchant's House Museum, known formerly as Old Merchant's House and as the Seabury Tredwell House, is a Federal-style red-brick row house built in 1832 by Joseph Brewster. It is located at 29 East Fourth Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York State.
It was designed by Minard Lafever.
It became a museum in 1936 and is the only Nineteenth Century family home in New York City preserved intact - both inside and outside.
In 1835 it became the home of Seabury Tredwell, a wealthy New York merchant, and his family.
Tredwell's daughter, Gertrude, was born in 1840 and lived in the house until her death in an upstairs bedroom in 1933.
Three years later, the perfectly preserved house opened to the public as a museum.
Located between Lafayette Street and the Bowery, The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.