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Oct 17, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020

Open House New York 2020

New York City landmark Bohemian National Hall is VIRTUALLY opening its doors for 2020 OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK 2020.

An important center for Czech and Slovak culture in New York City for more than 100 years, the Bohemian National Hall’s 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. 

A peek inside reminds one of its roots, serving as a focal point for its community, offering ethnic food, Czech language and history classes, as well as providing space for its large community to meet and hold special events. That tradition continues today as it 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. Most significantly, the ownership of the Bohemian National Hall has transferred to the Czech Republic, emphasizing the building's link with its homeland. It now shares its premises with the Consulate General of the Czech RepublicBohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationCzech Center New York, Dvorak American Heritage Association, and Bohemian Spirit Restaurant.

Bohemain National Hall was designated New York City landmark in 1994. Careful restoration of main façade was completed by Czech-American architect Jan Hird Pokorny in 1995. The first phase of renovation began in 2003 based on drawings by Czech-American architect Martin Holub. Interior renovation of unfinished areas, including the ballroom, began according to design of Czech architects Milan Kvíz and Atelier M1 in 2007. Prime Minister of the Czech Republic unveiled fully renovated Bohemian National Hall in 2008.

On OHNY Weekend, listen to a podcast about the Bohemian National Hall and use Google Virtual Tour as a companion piece to virtually peek inside the building's interiors including the lobby and cinema on the 1st floor, the Czech Center New York Gallery on the 2nd floor, Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, Library, and Antonín Dvořák Room on the 3rd floor, and the Grand Ballroom on the 4th and 5th floors. 

Founded in 2003, Open House New York Weekend is a citywide festival that unlocks the doors of New York’s most architecturally and culturally significant buildings and highlights the people who design, build, and preserve New York. 
Of course, the 2020 OHNY Weekend will be unlike any other year. To protect the safety of our community, there are no in-person tours or group activities.



Photo: Marian Beneš







From: Oct 17, 2020
To: Oct 18, 2020


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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