It was nearly two months ago when we learned about the historical background of the Romanesque Revival building at 119 East 11th Street, better known to NYU students and New Jersey as Webster Hall. Now, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has recommended the old union rallying hall/current nightclub for landmark designation. There's still a public hearing and a vote, but it's nearly a given, with the LPC calling Webster Hall the city's "most historically and culturally significant 19th century assembly hall." The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation says the 1886 building was home to many a lavish masquerade ball as well, where "behavior that might seem flamboyant in some neighborhoods was welcomed and accepted at the venue." The more things change, the more they stay the same.
· A landmark day for Webster Hall [NYDN]
· Webster Hall up for landmark status for colorful history [Newsday]
· Finally, a Landmark We Can Do E In [Curbed]