Loft Peeping: The historic row house at 27 Harrison

I hope to get a tour of 27 Harrison — one of the series of row houses just east of Greenwich — sometime soonish; it’s off the market now but will be listed again in a couple months. (Compass agents Martin Eiden and Alex Mahgoub had it listed recently at $5.6 million. The photos, by Virginia Carey, are run with their permission.) It looks like it last sold in 2013 for $4.2 million.

You can read more about the houses here in Tom Miller’s post (which I will get on the site soon), but a quick summary in the meantime: Most of the brick houses — numbers 25 to 41 Harrison (the higher numbers are in the alley perpendicular to Harrison) — date between 1827 and 1828, although the earliest is from 1796 and were built as residential homes. 27 Harrison was completed in 1797 and was designed and built by John McComb, the city’s first native-born architect who also designed City Hall and Alexander Hamilton’s “country” house, The Grange.

This house was originally 317 Washington St. and was the architect’s own house in his earlier years. You can read the designation report here and see the layout of the houses here, but I love this part: “Both houses [meaning also 27A Harrison] stood on what must have been a very pretty spot – in the cove on the south side of the little point, just 100 feet from the river.”

When the area was designated as an urban renewal area in the mid-1960s, the Landmarks Commission decided to save these few houses, since at one time the neighborhood had been filled with them. The houses had long since been converted to commercial warehouses as Washington Market crept further and further north; these six on Harrison were moved south from their original location on Washington and added to the three that run north-south on the former Washington Street, making an L. The builders of IPN were charged with the cost of the move and the restoration, and in 1975 they were offered for sale with unfinished interiors for between $35,000 and $75,000. 27A Harrison sold in 2018 for $5.5 million.



  1. I’ve been curious what the interiors look like in these row houses. Gotta that bathtub. And the history is fascinating and sounds so lovely.

  2. So excited to see these interiors. I, too, have always been curious to know exactly when they dated from. This unit looks really amazing. More light and brighter than I would have imagined. Wonderful history – thanks for sharing