The Story of a Haus: How Horses, Shopkeepers, Artists, Teachers, and Students Shaped the History of NYU’s Deutsches Haus


The new exhibit reflects the story of the historic building of Deutsches Haus at New York University, one of the university’s several international houses, located at on the quaint, cobblestoned Washington Mews.

A horse stable and carriage house, transformed over two centuries into a shabby laundry shop which then was turned into an artists’ studio where several of the New York’s most important early modernist sculptors lived and worked: This is the story of the historic building of Deutsches Haus at New York University, one of the university’s several international houses located at the corner of the cobblestoned Washington Mews.

NYU Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews), today a center for learning and cultural exchange between New York and the German-speaking world, will celebrate its 35 year old history with an exhibition on “The Story of a Haus,” thereby looking at how its own building, as part of the historic land-marked area north of Washington Square Park, has transformed over time.

“The Story of a House” will open on Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. at Deutsches Haus and will be open to the public from Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday, April 30 through Friday, June 28. (Enter the Washington Mews from University Place, just north of Washington Square Park.)

Over the past 180 years, 42 Washington Mews, the present home of Deutsches Haus at NYU, has experienced a history that reflects the evolution of Greenwich Village. Through original artworks, photographs, and historic documents, the exhibition The Story of a Haus tells the story of the continuous transformation of the building: from a horse stable, to the sculpture studio of early modernist artists Paul Manship, Gaston Lachaise, and Robert Ingersoll Aitken, leading up to the present-day Deutsches Haus, New York’s leading institution for culture and language of the German-speaking world.

Deutsches Haus is celebrating its 35-year history in this quaint landmark building, which has seen such fascinating figures as Charlie Chaplin, Jack Dempsey, John Singer Sargent, Lincoln Kirstein, Christiana Morgan, Helmut Schmidt, Susan Sontag, Günter Grass, Herta Müller, Daniel Kehlmann, and Slavoj Žižek walk in and out of its doors.

“The Story of a Haus” is presented with the generous support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. Registration is required at deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. For more information, please call 212 998 8663.

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