William Sloane House, Y.M.C.A.

Title:

William Sloane House, Y.M.C.A.

Format:

Digital images

Publisher:

Not applicable.

Date:

2010

Street Address:

360 West 34th Street (Southeast corner of 34th Street and Ninth Avenue)

Photographer/Artist:

Jeanette O'Keefe

Description:

Founded in 1930 to provide cheap housing for members of the Armed Forces, the William Sloane House was named after William Sloane (1873-1922), chair of the Army and Navy International Committee through World War I and of the National War Work Council of the YMCA. This building on West 34th Street was the largest YMCA residential program in the city of New York. Designed by New York architects Cross and Cross, the William Sloane house opened with 1,595 rooms, but remodeling and changes in programs eventually reduced the rooms to 1,400. By the 1940s, changing demographics forced the William Sloane to refocus. As the number of servicemen needing housing dwindled, women and girls could stay in the building, and the William Sloane began providing long-term accommodations to college students and welfare recipients. After a fire in 1974 that killed four people and several attempts at fundraising in the 1980s, the William Sloane closed in 1993. The building was eventually purchased for five million dollars and remodeled, becoming the 360 West 34th Street, a building of affordable rental apartments for young professionals new to New York.

Subjects:

  • William Sloane House (New York, N.Y.)
  • Buildings--New York (State)--New York.
  • Thirty-fourth Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Midtown Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)

Rights:

Copyright Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center. All rights reserved. Use prohibited without written permission.

Collection:

Digital 34th Street

Contributing Institution:

City University of New York. Graduate School and University Center, Mina Rees Library.

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