Genius Row

Genius Row, 1890s

By the early 1900s, artists and writers began moving into the Washington Square neighborhood. This row of houses on the south side of the square became known as "Genius Row" in honor of its talented residents, including Metropolitan Opera singer Adelina Patti, Alan Seeger, and Rose O’Neill, inventor of the Kewpie doll. The boarding house at 61 Washington Square South, pictured here at the end of the 19th century, was home to such notables as writers Stephen Crane, O. Henry, and Frank Norris. On March 17, 1948 the first building on "Genius Row" (Washington Square between West Broadway and Thompson) was demolished.

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