October 6, 2019


Essex House entrance, 2018

Within the French Company, the building 
was known as the Tenth Unit.
Happy Birthday to Essex House, opened ninety years ago today, on October 6, 1929. 

The building was the first in the enclave to offer "family-size" apartments. "You needn't be single to live in Tudor City," the ads announced, "for here, in this newest building, are apartments as large as six rooms."

In addition, the colony offered a "private school for children up to eight years old, with a playground with sand boxes and shuffleboard, which is always in charge of a governess." 

In short, "Tudor City is for children as well as grown-ups."
New York Times ad, Oct. 6, 1929

An introduction to Essex House here.

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