Inwood’s Twin Houses: 112-114 Seaman Avenue

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On Seaman Avenue, at the west end of 204th Street, sit twin houses that date back to the 1920’s.

The two-family homes, with their terra cotta tile roofs and whimsical brick patterns, stand out on a street otherwise dominated by much taller apartment buildings.

110 and 112 Seaman Avenue, circa 1940, Fred F. French Investing Company, MCNY.
110 and 112 Seaman Avenue, circa 1940, Fred F. French Investing Company, MCNY.

As early as 1930 Morris Galt owned the home on the right, 114 Seaman Avenue.

1930 Federal Census showing residents of 114 Seaman Avenue.
1930 Federal Census showing residents of 114 Seaman Avenue. (click image to enlarge)

Galt, who was fifty-four at the time of the 1930 Federal Census, was born in Russia around 1876.  A builder by trade, he immigrated to the United States in 1890.  Morris Galt and his wife, Leah, had three children, Irving, Bernice and Mildred.  Irving would later become a New York State Assistant Attorney General.

1940 Federal Census showing residents of 114 Seaman Avenue.
1940 Federal Census showing residents of 114 Seaman Avenue. (click image to enlarge)

While Morris was off on work sites around the city, he specialized in garage structures, Leah stayed active in the community.  Mrs. Galt was an organizer of the Sisterhood of the Inwood Hebrew Congregation, located at 111 Vermilyea Avenue, and a founder of the Inwood Chapter of Hadassah.  The family spoke Yiddish at home—as did many of their neighbors who were also of Russian descent.

Leah Galt obit, New York Times, 1948.
Leah Galt obituary, New York Times, 1948.

Leah Galt died in 1948.

Morris Galt obituary, New York Times, October 16, 1955.
Morris Galt obituary, New York Times, October 16, 1955.

Her husband, Morris, passed away in 1955.

Twin Houses, 112 & 114 Seaman Avenue in 2015.
Twin Houses, 112 & 114 Seaman Avenue in 2015.
1931 photo of the Twin Houses from the New York Municipal Archives.
1931 photo of the Twin Houses from the New York Municipal Archives.

The Twin Houses, so long a part of the Inwood landscape,  are now slated for demolition.

A new apartment building will soon take their place.

Twin Houses rezoning sign, July 2017.
Twin Houses rezoning sign, July 2017.

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