Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Northern Dispensary




The 3-sided Northern Dispensary building in the heart of NYC’s West Village is an oddity.  One side of the building is located on two streets (where Grove and Christopher Streets come together), and the other two sides of the building are located on one street (where Waverly Place divides into 2 separate blocks).  Check out the map …


The deed of the Northern Dispensary, which was built in 1831, stated that the property had to be used to provide medical care to the “worthy poor.”  In fact, Edgar Allen Poe was treated here in 1837 for a head cold when he was an unknown writer.  Most recently it was home to a dental clinic, but the doors were shut in 1998 and most of the equipment remains inside the building getting rusty.

I always thought they should open the Northern Dispensary at Halloween.  I think a “Haunted Dental Clinic” would be downright terrifying.




4 comments:

froggy said...

Is there room for a David and two cats?

David Dust said...

Froggy -

OMG - I never thought of that! And it's right around the corner from my job. No commute!!

XOXOXOXOXO

Joy said...

We must find a way to get you into that place! Then you could have the Halloween Dental Experience! If only we could all invest in it and have apartments in it, too.

Wonder why with real estate the way it is there no one has done anything with that neat building?

Mechadude2001 said...

I love Edgar Allen Poe.

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