May 22, 1884.


Northwest corner of Seventh Ave. and Thirty-second St.

The address was given as 201 West Thirty-second St. or 400 Seventh Ave.

Built to replace:

Unknown, if any.

Construction funded by:

John Jacob Astor.

Building dimensions:

Five stories. Ground dimensions: 50 x 100 feet.


100-150 boys. There were 16 private rooms. The LH averaged about 95 boys a night.

Building notes:

Four stories plus attic. Dining room and assembly room...not much detail found, probably similar to other LHs.

It was primarily used by boys who sold papers at the Grand Central Depot (which was rebuilt as Grand Central Station in 1900, and as Grand Central Terminal in 1913) and the big hotels nearby.

1898 Atlas.

A small piece from the Atlas of the city of New York, Bromley, 1898-1899.

W. Thirty-second Street runs along the south wall of the building; Seventh Ave. along the east side.

What became of it?

In January 1902, the CAS sold the building to the Pennsylvania Railroad. Franklin's 1903 Guide to New York still listed the site as a lodging house, though it could have been published in 1902.

Still standing?

No. I am not sure exactly how long the building stood, but at the very most it did not survive the construction of Penn Station (note who purchased the site), which took place from 1905-1910, and which required the demolition of several blocks in the area. The northwest corner of that intersection no longer exists today; the LH would have been located midway along the east edge of the present-day Madison Square Garden/Penn Station complex.