Category:La MaMa

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The building at 74 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery in the East Village neighborhood of lower Manhattan, New York City, houses the administrative offices and three of the theatres of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (La Mama E.T.C.). Their Annex is down the street at 66 4th Street, and rehearsal spaces and other facilities are at 47 Great Jones Street.

The building was constructed in 1873 and was designed by German-born architect August H. Blankenstein for the Aschenbroedel Verein, a German-American musician's society, which occupied the building until 1892. It was then taken over by the Gesangsverein Schillerbund, a German-American singing society, who completely renovated the building and ornamented the facade with German Renaissance Revival and neo-Grec elements, including three busts of German composers above the second floor. From 1895 on, the building was used for a series of dance halls and public meeting halls - in 1910 it was known as Floral Garden Hall. Other uses were the Newsboys' Athletic Club, a laundry and a meatpacking place. La Mama has occupied it since 1969.

The building is located within the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District (Source: "East Village/Lower East Side Historic District Designation Report")

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