4. The Servants Quarters at 991 Fifth Avenue Have Been Converted into Music Studios

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AIHS Director Christopher Cahill jokes that whereas the house was built originally to house five Irish servant girls, “eventually the Irish took over the whole building.” The Society aims to make its headquarters at 991 Fifth Avenue feel alive – and one of those initiatives is through an artist-in-residence, composer Ricardo Romaneiro. The five rooms of the attic servants quarters have been converted into recording studios and office, accessed by an almost Alice in Wonderland staircase. Romaneiro has partnered with the AIHS on programming, including the upcoming collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble and its Brownstone series on Monday with chef Jonah Reider, which will be “an experiential treasure hunt of sound, taste, and color…a jewel-lit, multisensory exploration of interlinked ‘sound bites.'”