The Benedick

The Benedick Residence for men 80 Washington Square East
The Benedick Residence for men 80 Washington Square East

A gentlemen-only residential hotel on Washington Square.

From Trager, James (2010-09-07). The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present (pp. 190-191). HarperCollins.

(1878) The Benedick apartment house is completed at 80 Washington Square to designs by McKim, Mead & Bigelow. Iron merchant Lucius Tuckerman has commissioned the six-story structure that opens in the fall with 33 bachelor apartments (rents: $28 to $45.50 per month), and has named it for the confirmed bachelor in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (boarding-house operators and apartment-house owners look askance at bachelors). An elevator runs night and day, maid and bootblack services are available, a janitor in the basement provides breakfast, and the four studios on Benedick’s top floor soon attract painters Winslow Homer, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and J. Alden Weir along with artist John LaFarge, whose glass factory is nearby at 39 West Fourth Street.

NYT Ad: The Jansen 1882
Just two blocks away from the Bendick was another residential hotel that was available to single men only. The Jansen on Waverly Place called itself an apartment house,.

There is some terminology confusion in this time period: it’s not always clear what the difference between residential hotels, furnished and unfurnished [[apartment houses]]  and the larger more exclusive boarding houses might be.

Just two blocks away from the Bendick was another residential hotel that was available to single men only. The Jansen on Waverly Place called itself an apartment house, for example.

 

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