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BY ALBERTR AMATEAU| The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously designated the 1904 Van Tassell & Kearney Horse Auction Mart on E. 13th St. a New York City landmark on May 15, culminating a six-year effort by preservation advocates.
The three-story building with a rounded cornice at 128 E. 13th St. also served as Frank Stella’s studio from 1978 to 2005 when the artist owned the building.
“This elegant building was constructed expressly for a highly specialized purpose and recalls a period when New York City was a leading horse auction center,” said L.P.C. Chairperson Robert Tierney.
Jardine, Kent & Jardine, prominent architects at the turn of the 20th century, designed the redbrick building with a two-story central arched window flanked by two bull’s-eye windows.
The Van Tassell firm conducted auctions of polo ponies, thoroughbreds, coach horses, hunt horses, show horses and carriages in the building until 1916. The firm sold carriages from the build