Mamaroneck, New York: The Skinny House

Built in 1932. Three stories tall and only ten feet wide.

Address:
175 Grand St., Mamaroneck, NY
Directions:
I-95 exit 18B. Drive south on Mamaroneck Ave. for half-mile. When the road veers left, turn right onto Old White Plains Rd. Drive three blocks. Turn left at the stop sign onto Grand St. Drive a couple hundred feet. The Skinny House will be on the right, just past the yellow fireplug, but it's set back from the street so it's easy to miss. Private property, visible from the street.
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The Skinny House.

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The house is private. The owner came out while I was there and he was a very nice gentleman. He told me the story of his grandparents-in-law, and how they suffered during the Great Depression, and that's the reason for the skinny house being built.

[Shawn Germano, 06/27/2017]
The Skinny House

Nathan Seely, an African-American carpenter and builder, lost his home and business during the Great Depression. His neighbor, to whom Seely had originally sold the land, gave him a 12.5-foot-wide plot to build on. Seely built the home with salvaged materials, including rusted railroad track and a chicken coop. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. The Westchester County Historical Society calls it, "architecturally significant as a symbol of American ingenuity and craftsmanship."

[Rebecca, 05/26/2017]

Seely built the house in 1932. It's three stories tall and only ten feet wide.


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