MONBIJOU, Stuyvesant Square

by Kevin Walsh

EAST of 3rd Avenue East 17th Street enters the Stuyvesant Square Landmarked District, established in 1975, and therefore you can look up building origins in the district’s online version. While I was rambling past in February 2020 (little did I know the ongoing crap that would ensue beginning in the following month) I noticed this building, at #210 East 17th, between 3rd Avenue and Rutherford Place in which the word “Monbijou” is inscribed over the entrance. In French, it’s two words, mon bijou, “my jewel.” The architect must have thought a great deal of the building and indeed, it’s 1000 times better than the luxury residences going up these days,

The report, linked above, claims that it “was designed by George F. Pelham, a specialist in apartment house architecture, and built in 1903-04 for Wilhelmina Bohlend, wife of apartment house builder Charles Bohlend.” it’s possible that Winnie Bohlend was “my jewel.”

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1 comment

Peter September 11, 2021 - 5:02 pm

Definitely a very nice block.


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