The Butterick Building, built in 1903 for the sewing empire of Ebenezer Butterick. Image via gvshp.org
Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood, bordered by areas like TriBeCa and the West Village, was gifted to Trinity Church by Queen Anne of England in 1705, and throughout the years, became known as the Printing District until as recently as the late 1990s for the abundance of publishers and printers that historically resided there. Today, its reputation still stands, albeit updated for the modern times as a center for media, design, advertising, and the arts.
In a recent attempt to revitalize the historical significance of the area, the Hudson Square Connection business improvement district is set to launch Hudson Square in 3D, a two-day exhibition of the neighborhood’s art, businesses, and culture. Attendees will be treated to demonstrations of 3D printed furniture and discussions led by design professionals in the area, but hopefully won’t forget to appreciate the history of the area that made it one of Manhattan’s art hubs and the buildings, now repurposed for design firms and furniture stores, that once housed pioneers of the printed word.
Here are five buildings with stories of their own:
5. 250 Hudson Street
The building that stands on 250 Hudson Street was a printing shop for 80 years starting around the 1920s and 30s before undergoing a $30 million refurbishment several years ago. Today, it is occupied by a few communication and marketing firms, Edelman, Momentum, and most notably TED Conferences LLC, which organizes those often-emailed internet-broadcast lectures on every conceivable subject from mathematics to economics to motivational tools in the workplace.