The millionaire says he is returning part of Manhattan to its original inhabitants.
Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois, 76, an architectural historian and activist for Native American causes, is in the process of transferring the deed of his $4 million, landmarked West Village house to a nonprofit controlled by the Lenape tribe, the original Manhattanites.
“I have a romance with the history of the city, and I have been generally appalled that the land that the city is on has been taken by whites,” he told The Post.
“This building is the trophy from major theft. It disgusts me.”
He said he feels “rage against what they have done and some guilt, no, a lot of guilt, that I have profited from this major theft. The right thing to do is to return it.”
The house dates to 1834, when it was part of a larger city-owned market building. It is believed to be all that is left of the complex. Part of the Weehawken Street Historic District, the building faces West Street and the Hudson River.
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