Caitlin Hawke, long time Bloomingdale resident is set to give a presentation on Civil War actress Maggie Mitchell on Tuesday, January 14th, at Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd St.), in Manhattan.
Hawke will tell the story of the St. Andoche, a building constructed for beloved Civil War actor Maggie Mitchell who lived there for two decades until her death at the age of 81 in 1918.
In the mid 1800s, Mitchell’s fame was second only to actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth. Her obituary in the New York Times described her as “known to playgoers of another generation as one of the most famous of American actresses.”
Although Mitchell’s story has been largely forgotten, the eight-story colonial revival St. Andoche still stands proud on the southwest corner of West 102nd Street. Hawke’s illustrated talk will present the story of both the actress and the building, including the details of the actor’s extraordinary career and how the building got its unusual name.
This is a program of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group with the Columbus-Amsterdam BID and Hostelling International.
This event is free and open to the public. For information call (212) 666-9774 or click here.
Illustration of Maggie Mitchell provided.