Built in 1833 of red brick with white marble trim, this much-admired block of townhouses east of Fifth Avenue—often referred to as “The Row” on Washington Square—is far and away the most imposing group of houses in the Greek Revival style in New York City. Although interiors have been converted to apartments and other uses, the facades remain almost totally intact save for No.3, remodeled in Victorian mode in the 1880s. The block is now owned by New York University, which has named several houses after donors to the institution.
These beautiful townhouses have long attracted filmmakers from across the country. In the 2007 post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend, Will Smith’s character not only uses Washington Square Park as his playground, but makes residence here.