Butterfield House

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37 West 12th Street, New York City, NY

Butterfield House

Butterfield House West 12th Street facade
Building Information
Architect William J. Conklin and James S. Rossant
Management Company Brown Harris Stevens Management
Number of Units 104
Number of Floors 7 (on West 12th) and 13 (on West 13th)
Year Built 1962
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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37 West 12th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6
Title of Land Cooperative



Butterfield House from West 13th Street

Butterfield House in New York's historic Greenwich Village has been held up as a model of how to blend modern architecture into a historic townhouse district.[1] This two-wing cooperative has 102 units divided between the seven-story building on West 12th Street and the larger, 12-story building on West 13th Street.

The two wings are connected by a glass-walled passageway leading through a landscaped interior courtyard with fountains.[2] This building, designed by William J. Conklin and James S. Rossant of the architectural firm Mayer, Whittlesey & Glass, reflects its neighboring brownstone townhouses that characterize West 12th Street with its use of a similar brick facade, bay windows, height built to scale, and many floor-through apartments that overlook the street on one end and the gardens on the other.[2]

Butterfield House is named after General Daniel E. Butterfield, a New York businessman and Union Officer who received a medal of honor for his service during the Civil War. He is famous for composing the bugle call Taps that is frequently played at flag ceremonies and memorial services, especially for the US military.[3] Butterfield, who died in 1901, used to have a home on the site of the current West 12th Street wing.[4]


Butterfield House is located at 37 West 12th Street between lower Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, which is also called The Avenue of the Americas. This location makes it convenient to access a number of neighboring districts such as Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Union Square, Flatiron, and the East Village. Nearby restaurants and eateries include India Pavilion, Da Andrea, Qi Asian Eatery and Murray's Bagels. Parks that are close by are Washington Square Park, Jefferson Market Garden, and Union Square Park, which has a weekly outdoor farmer's market.

The cooperative's proximity to The New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design attracted many original residents who were intellectuals and artists, and the building continues to attract these types today.[1]

Butterfield House provides an ideal location from which to walk or bike to various attractions and neighborhood amenities. There are numerous public transit options by bus or subway.[5]


Butterfield House was built in 1962 and was listed by Paul Goldberger in the New York Times in 1979 as one of the ten “Top Postwar Apartment Buildings.”[1] Designed by William J. Conklin and James S. Rossant, this cooperative combines a modern look with large steel-framed bay windows and a historic brown-brick facade.

The building on West 12th Street is especially noteworthy for its elegant design, as compared to the flatter and less distinguished look of the West 13th building. The latter wing offers more floors and units with balconies that overlook the garden towards the south.[6]

In 1963, a year after Butterfield House was built, the Municipal Art Society awarded a certificate of merit to the architectural firm Mayer, Whittlesey & Glass for their “contributions to the beauty of the city."[4]

Layout and Features

The layouts in Butterfield House come in a variety of configurations, most being one, two, or three-bedrooms with penthouse suites in the West 13th building. The irregular brick facade allows for varied apartment floor plans, most being floor-through apartments that offer views of the street at one end and the landscaped gardens on the other.

The majority of units have balconies or wrap-around terraces that make residents feel as if they are experiencing the best of both inside and outside worlds. The central courtyard with its lush gardens and fountains also contribute to this oasis-like effect.

Units come with hardwood floors, high ceilings, bay windows, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchens.[7]

Floor Plans

There are over 15 floor plans available for Butterfield House. Here is a small sample:


The Butterfield offers the following amenities:

  • fitness room
  • private storage lockers
  • bicycle room
  • washer/dryer in building
  • on-site parking garage[8]
  • live-in resident manager
  • courtyard and gardens
  • full-time doorman


Butterfield House Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No

There is no age restriction at Butterfield House.

Many of the building's original residents still live in the building as they have a strong attachment to it.[1]

Pets are allowed.


Since its construction in 1962, Butterfield House has undergone renovations to its facade and lobby with new elevators to keep it sustainable for the future.[1]

The building's central location is its main sustainability feature. With designated bike lanes and flat roads, Greenwich Village provides an ideal location from which to bike and walk for daily errands.

Residents who enjoy gardening can do so in their garden terraces or balconies.

Apart from these features, residents can choose to customize and upgrade their suites with eco-friendly appliances and finishes.


  • American poet Stanley Kunitz lived and died at Butterfield House at the age of 101.[1]
  • In their book The A. I. A. Guide to New York City, Elliot Willensky and Norval White describe Butterfield House as "the friendly neighborhood high-rise."[6]
  • One of the penthouse suites in Butterfield House was owned by NBC Today Show's founding host and anchor David Garroway. It was on the market in 2011.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 New York Times
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Smoking Nun
  3. Wikipedia-Daniel Butterfield
  4. 4.0 4.1 Butterfield House
  5. Walk Score
  6. 6.0 6.1 City Realty
  7. Elegran
  8. Street Easy
  9. Curbed

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