Civic Club / Estonian House
(New York Estonian House)
|Location||243 East 34th Street
Manhattan, New York City
|Architect||Thomas A. Gray|
|NRHP Reference #||82003372|
|Added to NRHP||September 16, 1982|
|Designated NYCL||March 28, 1978|
The Civic Club building, now the New York Estonian House (Estonian: New Yorgi Eesti Maja), is a 3-story Beaux-Arts building located at 243 East 34th Street between Second and Third Avenues in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
The house was originally built for the Civic Club in 1898–1899, having been designed by Brooklyn architect Thomas A. Gray. The Civic Club was founded by the local social reformer F. Norton Goddard (1861–1905) to reduce poverty and fight against gambling in the neighborhood. After Goddard’s death in 1905 the club ceased to exist, but the building remained in the Goddard family until 1946, when Frederick Norton’s widow sold it for $25,000 to The New York Estonian Educational Society, Inc., which is still the owner of the house today. The building underwent a $100,000 restoration in 1992.
Known as the Estonian House (Eesti Maja), the building houses a number of Estonian organizations such as the New York Estonian School (New Yorgi Eesti Kool), choruses for men and women and a folk dancing group. Vaba Eesti Sõna, the largest Estonian-language newspaper in the United States is also published at the New York Estonian House. The Estonian House has become the main center of Estonian culture on the U.S. Eastern seaboard, especially amongst Estonian-Americans.
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- Media related to Civic Club (Estonian House) at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- New York Estonian House on Facebook
- Estonian House described by Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1978
- Images of the building in New York Architecture Images