Madison Square North Historic District

Madison Square North Historic District

Madison Square North Historic District

Borough and State: Manhattan, New York

Listed: 2001

Type of district: certified local historic district

Main Intersection: Broadway and West 27th Street

[icon name=icon-download-alt]Madison Square North LPC Historic District Report

[icon name=icon-download-alt]Madison Square North LPC Historic District Map


The Madison Square North Historic District is comprised of 96 buildings. From 1849 to 1864, the district was a fashionable residential area with hotels and fine houses lining Broadway and other residences on the side streets. Between 1870 and 1910, the area became an entertainment district filled with theaters, clubs and more hotels. When electric lights arrived on Broadway above 23rd Street, it received its nickname of the “Great White Way.” After the Civil War, commercial interests began to migrate north from Ladies’ Mile to Madison Square North, with much taller speculative buildings mixing ground-floor stores with lofts or offices above. Most of these buildings are located along Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Early row houses were also converted to allow for storefronts on their lower floors; most of these buildings survive on the side streets.