GVSHP led a coalition of community groups in 2004 to call for the extension of landmark protections in the Far West Village and along the Greenwich Village waterfront, specifically calling for landmark protections for Westbeth, among other sites.
When the City failed to follow through on its promised designation of Westbeth, GVSHP researched and documented the complex's 150 year history, to nominate Westbeth to the State and National Register of Historic Places, and to spur the LPC to move ahead with landmark designation.
The purpose of the latest project was to preserve the character of Gansevoort Market, said Andrew Berman, executive director of GVSHP
. Despite being an industrial area, the trendy waterfront community has seen much development over the past few years, and residents were fearful that the neighborhood would soon change beyond recognition.
Fifty-seven Sullivan Street, which was built in 1816 or 1817, according to the GVSHP
, in an area that was then known as Lispenard Farm, certainly fits into those criteria.