New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
World’s Smallest Opera House
Built as a cigar-rolling factory in 1899, this building was owned and operated by Jonas Whitelaw, son of a Hungarian Jewish immigrant who ran a prosperous leaf tobacco business in Cuba. In 1906, it became the Holy Name Mission, serving the homeless for nearly four decades.
In 2009, after the Amato company’s 61st season, Anthony Amato, at age 88, closed the theater and sold the building.
-Michell Grubler, Chair, Landmarks Committee Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 40° 43.522′ N, 73° 59.517′ W. Marker is in New Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 319 Bowery, New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander’s Musee (here, next to this marker); Then You Saw It/Now You Don’t (a few steps from this marker); CBGB (a few steps from this marker); Tin Palace Jazz Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Secret Cemetery Secret Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Hats, Hardware & Horses (within shouting distance of this marker); Bouwerie Lane Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Casting At The Cast Iron Bank: (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.