New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Christians, Cops, Elks & Anarchism
A 19th Century Meeting Hall
— 193 Bowery —
Shortly after opening, in 1829 it hosted the first North American service of the evangelical primitive Methodists. In 1835, the venerable St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church held its first worship service here. A humorous April 1867 NY Clipper article described that with windows open Methodist hymns competed with racy minstrel songs bellowing from the nearby Tony Pastor’s Opera House.
In 1868, Military Hall also witnessed the formation of the Elks Lodge, aka the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, then know as the “Jolly Corks.” It remained a locus for the diverse movements fertilizing Bowery life throughout the 19th century. The building’s current façade was added to the original structure
-David Freeland, author of Automats, Taxi Dancers & Vaudeville
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Law Enforcement. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1867.
Location. 40° 43.25′ N, 73° 59.618′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 193 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. Birthplace Of Vaudeville? (within shouting distance of this marker); Yiddish Theatre’s 1st American Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Of Photographer Robert Frank (within shouting distance of this marker); From Making Money To Making Art (within shouting distance of this marker); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.