ABOUT THE BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL

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Bohemain National Hall was presented with the Exterior Restoration Award for the exterior renovation.

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The five-story building was designed by William C. Frohne in the Renaissance Revival style, and built in 1896. It is a rare survivor of the many social halls built in the nineteenth century for New York City's immigrant ethnic communities.

The Bohemian National Hall has been an important center for Czech and Slovak culture in New York City for more than one hundred years. Since its beginning it has served as a focal point for its community, offering ethnic food, Czech language and history classes as well as space for its large community to meet and hold various events. Today, the Bohemian National Hall represents a significant reminder of the major working-class ethnic enclave that once flourished in Yorkville and stands as a monument to an important aspect of the history of immigrants in New York City and the United States.

In 2001, ownership of the Bohemian National Hall was transferred from the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) to the Czech Republic. To emphasize the building's link with the Czech Republic, it now shares its premises with the Consulate General and the Czech Center. The BBLA occupies the entire third floor.

After the grand re-opening in October 2008, the Bohemian National Hall has truly become a common space not only for presenting Czech culture, trade and tourism in the U.S. but also for organizing a variety of events outside the Czech community. The beautiful ballroom can hold 300 people, has retained its original glory and, when combined with the other modern multifunctional rooms in the Hall, provides a unique setting and atmosphere for your events.