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Mills House No. 1: 1905

Mills House No. 1: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Mills House No. 1, Thompson and Bleecker Sts." Designed as a "hostel for poor gentlemen," the building had 1,560 tiny rooms that rented for 20 cents a night. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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That twenty cents of 1905, would be between five and six dollars in 2012. Which would still be ridiculously cheap for a night's lodging in The Big Apple.

D.O. Mills

Philanthropist Darius Ogden Mills (1825-1910) was the man behind the Mills Building. It opened on November 1, 1897 more on the opening here.

Ahh, the Village Gate

Lots of great jazz performed in this building.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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