Landmark Spotlight

Mt. Morris Baths
25 East 125th Street
Credit: Christopher D. Brazee/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, 2016.
The Mt. Morris bathhouse was the first commercial tenant of the Lohengrin apartment building. Continuously in use from 1893-2003, Mt. Morris was the only bathhouse in New York City that specifically catered to Black men.
MT. MORRIS BATHS
25 EAST 125TH STREET
The Baths started serving a predominantly clientele, probably sometime during the Harlem Renaissance. Frequenters of the baths during that period included Countee Cullen, Harold Jackman, Carl Van Vechten, and Lincoln Kirstein. Up until the 1960s, it was the only gay bathhouse in the city to admit Black customers.
MT. MORRIS BATHS
25 EAST 125TH STREET
Credit: NYC Muncipal Archives, c. 1940.
The building itself is a stately late late 19th century structure with well preserved architectural details on the façade. The baths, located on the basement level, featured Turkish and Russian style facilities.
MT. MORRIS BATHS
25 EAST 125TH STREET
Credit: TheCuriousUptowner.com, 2019
After full renovations of the interior which included filling in the baths with concrete, these colorful tiles are some of the last remnants of the baths.

You can learn more about the history of the baths and it’s important social service work during the HIV/AIDs crisis from the amazing NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
Also known as the Mount Morris Turkish Baths, June’s #LandmarkSpotlight is located at 28 East 125th Street. Built in 1889-90 by C. Abbott French & Co., the structure was designed as a blend of two popular styles at the time, neo-Grec and Queen Anne.

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