Wednesday, March 21, 2012

☞ ARCHITECTURE: The Harry Houdini House

Upon becoming successful in both fame and love, Harry Houdini moved into a Harlem brownstone that he would live in until his death in 1926. The house was just completed in 1904 in a predominantly German and Jewish portion of the newly developed neighborhood of Harlem. Houdini bought the property for $25,000 and moved in with his wife Bess. Not only was it his home space, but also his office and work studio. The house still stands today, not too far off from Morningside Park (click on map to enlarge). The Harry Houdini House is located at 278 West 113th Street, between ACP/7th Avenue and FDB/8th Avenue. Take the B,C train to 110th.

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  1. Thanks for this. Also, the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM, believe it or not), has a ceremony at Houdini's grave every Halloween (the day he died). They break a ceremonial wand over the gravesite.

    These days, when I tell people I live in Harlem, one of the first things I always mention is "not far from where Houdini lived." It's amazing how much cultural currency he has -- he may have been Harlem's most famous resident (or at least it's most legendary).