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This is an article I wrote for the Architect’s Newspaper, originally published in the November 19, 2008 issue. This is actually the only version of it you will find online, because this was one of my rare instances of writing for print only.

339 Lafayette in 1991, Photo by Ed Hedemann

339 Lafayette in 1991, Photo by Ed Hedemann

Tenants of “Peace Pentagon” at 339 Lafayette oppose building’s potential sale

At three stories high, 339 Lafayette Street is a dwarf in a sea of giants, a 90-year-old unrenovated relic in a gentrifying neighborhood north of Houston. For the past 40 years, this modest brick structures on the northeast corner of Bleecker and Lafayette has been home to the War Resisters League and a collection of social justice groups who pay only $6.65 per square foot for their office space. Past and current tenants include David Dellinger’s Liberation magazine, Paper Tiger Television, the Socialist Party, and the Metropolitan Council on Housing. Now the informal collective is at risk of losing the building that Abbie Hoffman famously named the “Peace Pentagon”

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