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140 Years Of Help And Hope

The Bowery Mission

 

— 227-229 Bowery —

 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
1. 140 Years Of Help And Hope Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1879 by Reverend and Mrs. A.G. Ruliffson, the Bowery Mission was located at 14, 36, 55 and 105 Bowery before moving to 227 Bowery in 1909, an event heralded by a visit and speech by President Taft.

For nearly 140 years, it has provided food, shelter, clothing, job opportunities, medical assistance and rehabilitation for millions of men. It has run a summer camp for inner city kids since 1894, and homes for women since 1990.

Built in 1876 by coffin manufacturer/undertaker Jonas Stolts, 227 Bowery was designed by William Jose. The Chapel’s Tudor-Revival style façade was designed by Marshall and Henry Emery to resemble a welcoming English Inn (sic), with the Prodigal Son story depicted in stained-glass windows designed by Tiffany protégé Benjamin Sellers. It became a NYC Landmark in 2012.

The Mission expanded into the circa 1830 Federal-style townhouse at 229 Bowery in 1980. From 1879 to 1893, it was the studio of photographer Charles Eisenmann, for his portraits of exotic sideshow performers.

- David Mulkins, Historian/Educator
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery
140 Years Of Help And Hope Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 1, 2004
2. 140 Years Of Help And Hope Marker site
227 (left) & 229 Bowery (right)
Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series list.
 
Location. 40° 43.325′ N, 73° 59.588′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Prince Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 227 Bowery, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Eisenmann’s Photography Studio (here, next to this marker); A Bowery Flop (within shouting distance of this marker); Sidewalks Of New York Premieres On Bowery! (within shouting distance of this marker); Incubator For Art (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (within shouting distance of this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Also see . . .  The Bowery Mission -- No. 227 Bowery. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
3. Inset
The Mission at 14 Bowery
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
4. Inset
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
5. Inset
Bowery Mission Breadline, 1 AM on a cold winter night at 55 Bowery
Bowery Mission marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
6. Bowery Mission marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 30, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   6. submitted on May 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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