Jefferson Market Courthouse (Antiquitech)


I thought I would add another perhaps lesser known NYC building to our little list here as it is really a shame it doesn’t get more recognition to begin with.

Jefferson Market Library

I was inspired to finally take action on after seeing Jon Levi’s latest YT offering that dove a bit deeper into the “antiquitech” on St. Mark’s Basilica + Ponce de Leon Hotel that Conspiracy-R-Us originally launched into our collective clique’s orbit.

Let’s go to the videotape (ie official narrative):

- “The atmosphere in which literature and knowledge are dispensed is part of a cultural package. Today it is the fashion to offer a kind of statistical, book-counting culture in visually illiterate surroundings. At Old Jeff there is also the literature of architecture: cut stone faces and flowers, spiral stairs, soaring stained glass windows, the feeling, form and sensibility of another age. This, too, is the record of civilization." -- Ada Louise Huxtable, Architecture critic. The New York Times November 28, 1967.

- Originally a courthouse, the Jefferson Market Library has served the Greenwich Village community for over thirty years. The building, a New York City landmark, was designed by architects Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux (who also assisted in the design of Central Park) in a Victorian Gothic style. It was erected (along with an adjacent prison and market) during the years 1875-1877 and cost the city almost $360,000.

- What the city got for its money, in addition to an architectural gem (it was voted one of the ten most beautiful buildings in America by a poll of architects in the 1880s) was a civil court (on the second floor, where the Adult Reading Room is now) and a police court (now the first-floor Children's Room). The beautiful brick-arched basement (now the Reference Room) was used as a holding area for prisoners on their way to jail or trial.

- Scattered about the building were offices and chambers, and looming above it all was - and is - the tower. A hundred feet above the ground, the firewatcher's balcony once commanded an uninterrupted view of Greenwich Village. The bell which summoned volunteer firemen still hangs in the tower.”


SD Comment: Clearly there are a few nuggets here that do not pass go, but the crispiest of them all may perhaps be another entry into the antiquitech atmospheric energy contraptions all over the (copper) portions of the roof.