Explore Greenwich House, NYC’s 120 Year Old Settlement House

Explore Greenwich House, NYC's 120 Year Old Settlement House

Photos courtesy of Greenwich House

Tour three of Greenwich House’s buildings and learn about how it continues its legacy of responding to community needs through its current programs in the arts, education, and social services.
  • Find out how Gertrude Payne Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum, contributed to the arts legacy of Greenwich House
  • Take in the unique features of the historic 27 Barrow building, including the Greenwich House Theater, indoor track and basketball court, and rooftop
  • Discover Greenwich House Music School’s recital hall, classrooms, and back garden
  • Learn about the renowned artists who have performed at the school over the years
  • Check out Greenwich House Pottery, which offered classes as early as 1904 to teach immigrants a marketable skill, and learn about its current ceramics programs in the heart of the Village

About the event:

Greenwich House is a century-old gem hiding in plain sight within the city. Three structures with a grandeur from times way back when. Now, as Greenwich House celebrates its 120th anniversary, the organization is hoping to make necessary improvements to the buildings that have been the site of some community-wide services for more than 100 years.

Founded on Thanksgiving Day in 1902, Greenwich House opened its doors as a settlement house to help New York’s increasing immigrant population adjust to life in a new country. Today, Greenwich House offers programs in the arts, education, and social services that provide thousands of New Yorkers with personal enrichment and cultural experiences.

Today, artists of all ages take classes at the Music and Pottery Schools and enjoy concerts and cultural events. Seniors find community, social activity, and case management at five senior centers, and health and mental health services are also available. No matter what program individuals are enrolled in, everyone receives the care and service they need to live a more fulfilling life. 

If these walls could talk, they would have plenty to say. Over a century of New York City history all in the confines of three buildings. More than 100 years of children, older adults, music students, pottery students, culture, art, medical history, and so much more. The buildings themselves are visually  arresting spaces; old brick and wood that one can just imagine being part of throughout the decades. 

Come with us to take a walk down memory lane! Each creak of a floorboard, each note of music, each whirr of a pottery wheel is part of a legacy of stories of the people who have come through Greenwich House, and New York, over the past 120 years. Let us transport you to the 1900’s and the rich history that is still part of Greenwich House today.

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