Where was it located?
The street address was No. 49 Park Place.
Like the Fulton St. LH, the Park Place LH did not have its own building. Rather, it took up the top four floors of a marble store. It cost the Children's Aid Society $4,500 a year to rent this space, a rate described by the New York Times as "quite reasonable" (Jul. 17, 1868).
When did it open its doors?
May 1, 1868. It was built as the successor to the first Newsboys' Lodging House, the Fulton St. LH, which had outgrown its location.
The Nov. 30, 1868 edition of the New York Times published an open letter from Brace asking for donations totalling $10,000 to cover both cost of move to new LH and winter necessities.
The layout of the building.
As mentioned earlier, the LH occupied the top four floors. I do not know how many floors the building had in total; here "first floor" refers to the lowest floor used by the LH.
First floor: The kitchen, parlor, and office. Conflicting sources describe the dining-room ("a large apartment") as being either on the first or second floor.
Second floor: School rooms, bathing room with faucets and washing-troughs along the walls, and gymnasium.
Third and fourth floors: Bedrooms for the boys. These consisted of "little iron bedsteads ranging side by side in 2 rows" (i.e., bunkbeds) in "capacious, well-ventilated and scrupulously-clean dormitories" (New York Times Dec. 5, 1870).
A New York Times Sep. 1, 1868 article noted that "Accomodations are generally far superior to those afforded at some of our third-class hotels and boarding-houses."
Costs and meals.
Interestingly, it is stated in more than one source that spending a night cost five cents, down from the six cents charged by both the Fulton St. and Duane St. Lodging Houses.
Supper and breakfast were also available, for five cents each. Meals might include "tea, coffee, bread, butter, syrup, and sometimes meat stews and hash" (New York Times Dec. 5, 1870).
If a boy could not pay, he was lodged and fed for free until he could support himself.
How many boys could it hold?
I have seen mentions of both 260 and 400. My guess is that, like the Duane Street LH, this number was flexible: the normal capacity was 260, but beds could be made available to hold up to 400 when demand for lodging rose during the winter months.
The annual report from the CAS in Oct. 1868 noted that the average nightly attendance at the Park Place LH was 123. Keep in mind that at this time, the LH had yet to go through its first winter, and lodging numbers fluctuated widely throughout the year with the changing of the seasons. In fact, so few boys tended to stay in the lodging houses during the summer months that the Sunday evening meetings were traditionally suspended from late spring until the fall.
By the end of 1870 it was lodging nearly 9000 individual boys a year, collectively paying about $4000 a year.
Charles O'Connor, assisted by his wife, was Superintendent throughout the entire six years that the Park Place LH was in operation, having continued on from his position at the Fulton St. LH. He would remain as Superintendent though the LH's move to Duane Street, a position he held until his death in 1887.
He and his wife lived at the LH, although I am not sure where their quarters were located.
Sunday evening prayer-meetings.
These were held in a large room at the LH, and would include such activities as speeches from notable speakers (including Rev. Brace himself), reading from the Bible, questions about the reading, and the singing of hymns.
As previously mentioned, these meetings were not held during the summer due to low attendance.
The savings bank.
The savings bank at Park Place functioned the same way as at the Fulton St. and Duane St. Lodging Houses. A New York Times Dec. 5, 1870 article reported that the average collective deposit from all the boys was around $250.
Other CAS Lodging Houses in 1868.
There were four other lodging houses operated by the CAS at this time. These were...
Girls' LH, No. 125 Bleeker Street.
Children's' Home, No. 125 Bleeker Street.
11th Ward LH, No. 709 E. 11th Street.
13th Ward LH (also called Phelps LH), No. 327 Rivington Street.
Note that the two institutions at Bleeker Street, despite having the same address, are listed separately in the CAS's annual report.
With the exception of the Children's Home, which was even smaller, the other LHs housed only about a third of the lodgers (each) that the Park Place LH did.