54 Macdougal

The charming red brick 1820s house at 54 MacDougal Street in South Village has become a charming hole in the ground.

Demolition commenced last summer at the site
, which could soon sprout a new residential building. Ajax Partners acquired the property for $4.3 million in 2012, and in July 2013, the firm filed plans for a 8,457-square-foot project storage rooms and a recreation room. The five-story, four-unit building plan was disapproved last week.

After the existing structure was leveled, Ajax sold the newly vacant land to New Canaan, Conn.-based Drum Hill Partners in October 2013, The Real Deal reported.

The now-departed house at 54 MacDougal was once part of the estate owned by US Vice President Aaron Burr. It was home to model railroad supply companies, art galleries and antique stores before making a cameo as a jewelry shop in the 1997 film Men in Black.

Here’s what it used to look like, courtesy of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation:

54 MacDougal GVSHP

Photo: GVSHP

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