July 2016

As the Bond Street neighbourhood is in a constant state change, a red brick and white marble row house on East 4th street has remained untouched for over 75 years. 

Listed as a National Historic Landmark, Merchant's House is one of the finest examples of late-Federal exterior and Greek revival domestic architecture. The museum offers a rare opportunity to experience the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family during New York’s period as a booming metropolis. The prosperous merchant Seabury Tredwell and his family moved into the house in 1835, residing there until their youngest daughter, Gertrude Tredwell, died in the house almost a century later.

The four floors of parlours and private family rooms are a treasure trove to explore. The museum contains a remarkable collection of the family’s original furnishings and possessions, from a set of 12 side chairs by Duncan Phyfe, one of New York’s leading cabinet makers of the 19th century, to fine china, glassware and rare works of art.

Formal Greek revival double parlours with black-and-gold mantelpieces are illuminated by matching six-globe gas chandeliers hanging prominently from 13-foot ceilings. The front parlour features a Nunns and Fischer pianoforte & Harmonium Combination beneath an elegant portrait of Eliza Tredwell, the wife of Seabury Tredwell.

Museum façade Photography © Jook Leung
1936 façade Photography © Merchant’s House Museum
Eliza Tredwell’s bedroom Photography © Merchant’s House Museum
Side chair by Duncan Phyfe Photography © Merchant’s House Museum
Parlour Photography © Patrick Blanc
Photography © Merchant’s House Museum
Seabury Tredwell’s bedroom Photography © Merchant’s House Museum