65 - 69 Main St

65, 67, and 69 Main Street and 2, 4, 6 Church Street

The Flatiron Building
SBL: 86.127-1-17

The Flatiron Building occupies the corner of Main and Church Streets. Built 1893, it is constructed in a contemporary utilitarian style, with arched brickwork lintels and a paired-bracket cornice that suggest the Romanesque and Italianate tastes of the period. Despite several significant changes to its exterior, it remains one of the more historically important and architecturally conspicuous commercial buildings in the Downtown District.

Modern double-pane windows throughout the building and aluminum doors on the Main Street side have replaced the original two-over-two windows and wooden doors. Vibrant paint has been applied over the brickwork on the first story of the Main Street side, but all other brickwork remains largely intact.

The structure was built for Burhans Van Steenburgh of Goshen, New York on land purchased from D. A. Hasbrouck. In late 1893 it was sold to Daniel A. Steen, the contractor who built it. The lot had previously been offered for sale in 1870 by the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the structure located immediately to the north. Prior to Van Steenburgh’s purchase, the land had been the location of a meat market operated by Tom Sutton and built by J. L. Rosencrance. Sutton moved his business from the lot in 1886.

The Flatiron Building had an important role in several aspects of New Paltz’s history. It contained the Village “lockup” for “drunk and disorderly persons,” the equipment of two different fire companies, the waiting room of the electric railroad, meeting rooms for the Village trustees and various civic groups, and even the town’s reading room. Over the years it has also been the location of many different small businesses including cobblers, a tinsmith, barber shops and beauty parlors, drugstores, clothing and gift stores, a realty office, eateries and bars, a bookstore, and in recent years an antique store-cum-gallery and a yoga studio.

Two cupolas of different heights originally topped the building. One contained the fire bell and was used to dry the fire hose, the other for the stairway from below. Early reports praise the fine view of New Paltz and environs from the flat roof.

On the Church Street side, two lavish doors, with paneled bases and decorative grills, were used to lock up the hose cart and hook and ladder owned by the Ulster Hook and Ladder and Star Hose fire companies. Though they cost the significant sum of $140 at the time of the building’s construction, they have since been replaced by modern arched shop windows and a smaller doorway.

The building was included in a 1974 report by New Paltz Village Planning Board, though incorrectly listed built in 1869. A major interior renovation was completed in 2001.

Image Credits: Historic Preservation Commission of the Village of New Paltz; Sojourner Truth Library Postcard Collection

Sources: Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection

Burhans Van Steenburgh
D. A. Hasbrouck
Daniel A. Steen
Methodist Episcopal Church
Tom Sutton meat market
J. L. Rosencrance
Star Hose fire company
Ulster Hook and Ladder fire company



Flat Iron Building

Fire House (65 Main)

65-69 main

65-69 main


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Tax parcel Number 86.127-1-17
Street number 69
Street Name Main St
Present Use Commercial
Historic Function Commerce/ Trade
Historic Use Specialty Store
Date of Construction  1893
Dates of alteration
Style Italianate
No. of Stories 3
Construction method brick
Exterior material: historic 1 brick
Exterior material: historic 2
Exterior material: present
Roof Type hipped
Roof Material asphalt
Foundation Material brick
Porch location 1
Porch condition
Window condition replaced
Overall integrity intact
Contributing Yes
Endangered No
Distinctive features triangular polygon plan (flatiron), Main St façade w/ 3 storefronts, each with door and large window w/ segmental arched heads; Storefront w/cornice on basement level on Church St; segmental arched windows in upper stories; wood bracketed cornice
Notes notable example of type
Outbldg 1 type
Outbldg 1 date
Outbuilding Condition
Outbldg 1 distinctive features
Outbldg 2 type
Outbldg 2 date
Landscape features

* The date of construction on this property could not be verified by the existing historic record. The date of construction used is from the New York State Office of Real Property Services, and can not be verified as accurate.


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