4. Jackson Pollock worked there as a janitor

Greenwich House Pottery School
Photo by Sean Simes

During the 1930s, before he found success as a painter, Jackson Pollock worked part-time as a janitor in the Pottery School. The House notes on its website that one biographer “suggests that Jackson Pollock’s inspiration for his unique drip paintings happened while working around glazes as a janitor at the Pottery School to pay off a class.”

While working and attending classes at Greenwich House, Pollock was also taking classes at the Arts Students League. He lived in various locations in and around Greenwich Village including 49 East 10th Street, 46 East 8th Street, and 46 Carmine Street.