North Moore Street between Greenwich Street and Varick Street

This street was named for Benjamin Moore, who, in the early 19th century, was rector of Trinity Church, Episcopalian Bishop of New York and president of Columbia College. “North” was added to distinguish it from Moore Street downtown. Originally developed as a residential street, two houses from this period survive at 385 Greenwich Street (built in 1805-08 and converted to a tenement by Peter L.P. Tostevin in 1874) and 71 North Moore Street (built in 1815). In the 1880’s, store and loft buildings and warehouses began to replace the houses. Notable examples are number 55-57 (Thomas R. Jackson, 1891), a Romanesque Revival structure with monumental arched bays, a Classical-style cornice and terra cotta ornament; 117-119 (Thomas R. Jackson, 1888-89) and 121-123 Hudson Street (Thomas R. Jackson, 1891), Renaissance Revival warehouses designed as near twins for grocery merchant John Castree; and 122 Hudson Street (Julius Kastner, 1897-98), a cream-colored brick Renaissance Revival warehouse built for liquor merchant Joseph H. Bearns, whose initial “B” still graces the terra cotta pilaster capitals. Numbers 35-37 (Thomas R. Jackson, 1891) and 27-29 (William H. Birkmire, 1905), which extend through the block, are mirror images of their respective Ericsson Place façades, though outfitted in tan, rather than red brick. North Moore Street between Greenwich Street and Varick Street is located in the Tribeca  West Historic District