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Dennis Hopper-3 Washington Square North-Landmark-Rooftop PaintingEdward Hopper painting of 3 Washington Square North

New York City can’t seem to get enough of Edward Hopper it seems, even after the 3D recreation of Nighthawks at the Flatiron. On Thursday, September 12th,#3 Washington Square North will get a cultural medal to commemorate its former resident, Edward Hopper, who had a live-work studio there from 1913 until his death in 1967. He even painted the rooftop (above) of the row house which was known as the “studio building,” and found much inspiration from the view for his urban paintings. It would later also be the addresses for artists such as Clara Driscoll, William Glackens, Rockwell Kent, Ernest Lawson, Guy Pène de Bois, Walter Pach and Mary Tillinghast.

The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center will be marking the event with talks by art historian Gail Levin, poet Grace Schulman, Whitney Museum Director Adam Weinberg, and NYU Dean of Social Work Lynn Videka.

The building was threatened with demolition by New York University in 1947, highlighting the long, on-going battle between institutional expansion and preservation in Greenwich Village. The event is from 3-4pm at 3 Washington Square Park and is free. The invite says it’ll be cancelled if rain, so we’re guessing there might be some roof access going on!

Photos of the studio interior:

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  1. Kent Watkins says:

    As the biographer and preparer of the catalog raisonne of Mary Tillinghast, I was pleased to see that NYU, and especially its School of Social Work, has done in preserving Hopper’s studio. Mary’s apartment was just below it, but I have not been able to prove conclusively that she occupied the studio above it and perhaps had one in the back of the 4th floor overlooking the Mews. She died in 1912, and Hopper didn’t move into the now eponymous studio until the late 1920s, although he was also in the rear of the 4th floor before that. The one mis-placed person on the plaque outside the studio, which information I assume the article copied,is Clara Driscoll. One of my chapters researches all the persons supposedly in #3 Washington Sq. N., and there were many interesting and famous ones, and there is no record of her living there. This was confirmed for me by the senior curator at the New-York Historical Society, Margie Hofer, one of the co-curators and catalog authors of the recent Driscoll exhibit. She lived a few blocks away, but not at #3. Her name should be removed from the plaque, as has been promised, when I so informed the School previous to this article. Kent Watkins

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