Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Elis Shin, 2012
Last remaining example of a "day hotel," now a museum
Built in 1799, it is New York City's only remaining example of a "day hotel," a country resort for New Yorkers escaping the crowded city below 14th Street during the early 19th century.
Through daily tours and public programs it offers an opportunity to learn about the everyday lives of both the working class and the more affluent middle class in New York City in the 19th century.
It was originally built as a carriage house and while the neighborhood has experienced extensive changes, its exterior architectural features have undergone only modest changes--and yet it has survived over 200 years! It also has a beautiful hidden garden. (June 2008)