Back in September, we covered the demolition of 331 East 6th Street, an historic East Village townhouse that was in the confines of the proposed East Village historic district. Now, the New York Post reveals that the owner of the demolished East Village townhouse is none other than Friends star David Schwimmer.
After purchasing the building for $4.1 million in 2010, Schwimmer was reportedly informed by the Landmarks Preservation Committee that the East Village townhouse could have potentially been given landmark status. Despite this, the building was demolished by the end of the summer of 2011. Schwimmer is allegedly planning to build a six-story residence with a working elevator and roof terrace, according to plans filed with the city.
Locals were furious with the demolition of the historic building, and their ire turned to the actor after rumors circulated among the blogosphere that he was most recent owner. Contractor Charlett Hobart told the Post that “People who have been living here a long time don’t like new people coming in here and tearing down old buildings.”
Representatives for Schwimmer have refused to comment on the situation.