Bohemian National Hall

Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Type of Place: Cultural


The five-story building was designed by William C. Frohne in the Renaissance Revival style, and built in 1896. It is a rare survivor of the many social halls built in the nineteenth century for New York City's immigrant ethnic communities. The Bohemian National Hall has been an important center for Czech and Slovak culture in New York City for more than one hundred years. Since its beginning it has served as a focal point for its community, offering ethnic food, Czech language and history classes as well as space for its large community to meet and hold various events. Today, the Bohemian National Hall represents a significant reminder of the major working-class ethnic enclave that once flourished in Yorkville and stands as a monument to an important aspect of the history of immigrants in New York City and the United States. In 2001, ownership of the Bohemian National Hall was transferred from the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) to the Czech Republic. To emphasize the building's link with the Czech Republic, it now shares its premises with the Consulate General and the Czech Center. The BBLA occupies the entire third floor.

  - Dalia Stoniene 09.18.2021

Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd Street
NYC citywide, NY 10021

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