In-Person

Bohemian National Hall

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Exterior of the building with arched windows between stone pillars.
Credit: Marian Benes

Sat, October 16th, 2021

1:00pm — 5:00pm

The Bohemian National Hall has been an important center for Czech and Slovak culture in New York City for more than 100 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 is 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.

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.

In 2001, ownership of the Bohemian National Hall was transferred from the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association to the Czech Republic. To emphasize the building’s link with the Czech Republic, it now shares its premises with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Czech Center New York, and Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association.

Tours will be offered on a walk-up, first-come, first-served basis approximately every 15 minutes on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (last tour 4:45).

The building is wheelchair accessible except for the rooftop terrace.

The health and safety of our community is paramount. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID and a mask is required for ALL in-person experiences. See guidelines: https://ohny.org/covid-19-update/

William C. Frohne, Jan Hird Pokorny, Milan Kviz

1896 (renovation 2008)