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Bible House Fireplace

I realize that the title to this post is a little deceptive.  No, I will not be speaking about The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society in a New York City ale house. (Although I would be happy to do so if invited!)

Yesterday I learned about an old fireplace mantel from the Astor Place Bible House (which stood from 1853-1956) currently located in the back of the historic McSorley’s Old Ale House on East Seventh Street in the East Village.

After a few Twitter exchanges with Dean at The History Author podcast, I learned that McSorley’s had a Bible House mantel.  And then historian Anne Boylan alerted me to this post at the Ephemeral New York blog.

McSorley's

Here is a taste of the post:

Bible House, the city’s first cast-iron building, went up in 1853, replacing the group’s older headquarters on Nassau Street.

Along with the…

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