• LOCATION 8 | INFINITE CITY #4: Riots, Disasters and Bachelor Clubs

    House of Bachelors

    When you reach the corner, stop. Washington Square Park is in front of you. To your left, running alongside the edge of the park is a building once known as the house of bachelors.

    One hundred years ago, being unmarried carried a certain stigma and it was hard for some single men to find an apartment. The House of Bachelors was built for such men and it soon became a haven for artists.

    The top floor, full of beautiful sunlight, was the home of the painter Winslow Homer. The architect Stanford White and the sculptor Saint Gaudens also rented rooms here and made it the home base for something they called the sewer club.

    At the House of Bachelors, the rules were strict. At 11 p.m., all female guests were required to leave. Even the owner of the building was forced out when he got married.

    But residents enjoyed the freedom to decorate their rooms as they wished. One painted his suite black. Another installed a pipe organ.

    We've come to the end of our first loop around the block. Turn right at the corner and walk to the middle of the block to begin the second loop.

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INFINITE CITY #4: Riots, Disasters and Bachelor Clubs