Architecture of Trade


Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport | New Exhibition

Opening October 10 | $12 Admission | $15 Guided Tour

The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport examines the life of Schermerhorn Row, Manhattan’s only surviving row of Federal style merchant counting houses, and its place in the Seaport at South Street through the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as its connection to New York’s enduring urban evolution. What happened on South Street ignited New York’s transformation from a provincial trading town into a global metropolis. The architecture of Schermerhorn Row traces this dramatic change.

The exhibition in the mezzanine area, accessible from the main entrance of the Seaport Museum on 12 Fulton Street, is dedicated to Schermerhorn Row’s more recent history in the 20th century. Using photographs and documents, the exhibition follows the story of Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport as they were rescued by preservationists from certain demolition, and covers the Row’s early restorations starting in the 1970s.

For an even richer experience, visitors can take a guided tour with a staff member through the fourth floor galleries, open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. The upstairs galleries feature a variety of objects from our collection as well as the remains of the counting houses and the Fulton Ferry Hotel.

Due to the fragile nature of the preserved rooms and the need to climb several flights of stairs (47 steps,) entry to the fourth floor exhibition will be limited. Access will be through an exclusive guided tour only. Tours will be available twice a month. Tour tickets are $15 and $10 for SSSM members, and must be purchased in addition to general admission. Please note that this portion of the exhibition is not accessible by wheelchair.

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By subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z to Fulton Street station
Bus: M15, M15-SBS to Fulton Street. Downtown Connection to Pearl Street and Fulton Street.

*As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit