Friday, December 17, 2010

Hanging out at the Christodora House in 1929

Dec. 25 came early for a lot of NYC history buffs and other assorted bloggers... As you probably heard, the Museum of the City of New York has added like 50,000 archival photos to its, uh, archives... Shawn Chittle was the first to pass along the news to me Wednesday...Since then, I'm been ransacking looking through the photos, searchable by borough, era, etc.

So... some of my early favorites are the shots of Avenue B's Christodora House circa February 1929....Not much has changed from the exteriors....





Dunno about the interiors... never been inside ... so, here's the "music auditorium" (Did Iggy play here when he lived at the Christodora?)



the "Christadora medical clinic"



"fireplace in lounge"



My favorite: "Miss Kupkey's bedroom, D-4"



a "general view of the dining room"



And lastly... the fabled Christodora House pool!



The Christodora was built in 1928. Read more history here.

See more of the old-timey NYC photos at Curbed and Eater... and Jeremiah's Vanishing New York...

Photos by Samuel H. Gottscho
All photos from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

PS
Two photos I took last month of the Christodora House that I didn't know what to do with...


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

AS I recall Christadora House was realized as a social service institution....as is the bldg down B across from Bridgid's. I've been told this that and the other about the place. d
I do know that it was on the market in the late '70's for a cool $60,000.
Linus Carvaggio of Gas Station did the roof top railings...visible for a model who had the back penthouse with the glassed room.
It's formidable, but I've never once met a person from the Christadora.
It's like the Wonka factory, no one ever goes in and no one ever comes out.

Anonymous said...

this building creates the most wicked wind ever! i curse it for all my broken umbrellas

Rosen said...

Johnny Swing made the railing. Not Linus. Linus would never speak with me. And I'm not a model, quite. Hardly. Interesting that people dump on the building as a "community facility" that should never have become "market rate", but it was built as a cross subsidy, market rate up top, Settlement House below.