New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Bowery Flop
For 5 Cents A Night
— 219-21 Bowery —
Nathaniel H. Lyons founded the Lyons Hotel Co. which came to own at least twenty lodging houses including the purpose-built Alabama Hotel constructed in 1889. The architect was James E. Ware (1846-1918), most noteworthy for developing the dumbbell plan, a housing reform design that slightly improved upon the light and air reaching interior rooms of tenement apartments.
The eclectic style of the brick and stone façade displays both Renaissance Revival and Queen Anne features, including central projecting bays with decorative panels and pilasters at the second and third stories and the fifth floor arcade. A lodging house for 77 years, the upper stories were converted to artist’s lofts in 1966.
-Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
Erected 2018 by Bowery
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
Location. 40° 43.308′ N, 73° 59.595′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Rivington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219-21 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. Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (a few steps from this marker); 140 Years Of Help And Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Eisenmann’s Photography Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); Incubator For Art (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (within shouting distance of this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (within shouting distance of this marker); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sidewalks Of New York Premieres On Bowery! (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.
Also see . . . The Alabama House -- Nos. 219-221 Bowery. Thorough entry at "Daytonian in Manhattan" blog. (Submitted on January 31, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.