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Guide to the Records of the
Friends of Hopper Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
and Lamartine Place Historic District
2005-2017
 MS 3136

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 10, 2021
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection documents efforts by the Friends of Hopper Gibbons Underground Railroad Site and Lamartine Place Historic District, led by Fern Luskin and Julie M. Finch, to recognize and preserve no. 339 West 29th Street (originally called 19 Lamartine Place), Manhattan's only extant stop on the Underground Railroad and home, during the Draft Riots of July 1863, to abolitionists James Sloan and Abby (Hopper) Gibbons, whose family fled across the adjoining rooftops to escape the attacking mob. Through clippings, email printouts, financial records, fliers, letters, press releases, and research notes dating between 2005 and 2017, the collection details the eventual designation by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission of the Hopper Gibbons House and its neighboring buildings as the Lamartine Place Historic District, and recounts the protracted litigation against an illegal rooftop addition constructed by the owner of 339 West 29th Street.

Arrangement

With some slight alterations (e.g., topical groupings and title expansions), the files in this collection remain in the chronological order in which they were received. Records maintained separately by Fern Luskin are filed after the main sequence.