Among massive skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, 54 Pearl Street has stood since 1719. Fraunces Tavern, a New York City Landmarked building and part of the National Registered Fraunces Tavern Historic Block, was opened by the non-profit public charity, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. (SRNY) to the public as a restaurant and museum in 1907. Made up of five historic buildings, the Tavern houses the Museum, over 5,000 historic artifacts, museum offices, a Revolutionary War replica flag collection, and more.
The SRNY have been maintaining Fraunces Tavern, since 1904. Preserving five historic buildings built between 1829 and 1907 has been a challenge and privilege. Each building needs regular maintenance and occasional capital improvements. These improvements are ongoing for the life of the buildings.
The most recent capital need is for the facades of the 24 & 26 Water Street and 58 Pearl Street buildings.
24 Water Street: The 1862 cast iron and aluminum façade exhibits peeling paint, deteriorated original cast iron architectural decoration, and brick damage behind the metal.
26 Water Street: The 1828 brick façade needs repairs to the stone cornices, window sills, bluestone lintels, and wooden window panes.
58 Pearl Street: The 1831 brick façade requires replacement of bluestone lintels, removing, replacing, and repointing the brick around window areas and the sealing of the window perimeters.
Restoration started in mid-June and will cost a total of $325,000.
1/5/15 Update – $75,520 has been raised!
12/16/14 – $64,045 has been raised!
11/24/14 – $62,495 has been raised!
10/23/14 – $51,745 has been raised!
10/2/14 – $50,105 has been raised!
9/25/14 – $46,165 has been raised!
9/12/14 – $40,365 has been raised!
9/2/14 – $37,265 has been raised!
8/22/14 – $32,530 has been raised!
8/14/14 – The SRNY has raised $29,460!
The facade restoration is an essential piece to fulfilling the mission. Please consider donating to the Façade Restoration Project! The SRNY is offering a 100% matching gift for every donation made.
Make a revolutionary difference and donate* to the Fraunces Tavern Façade Restoration Project!
*100% of all donations are tax deductible.