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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Madam?

Former brothel on Bond Street The way I heard it, this lovely Italianate Victorian boarding house (now apartments) was actually the last operating brothel in Astoria. I don't know how late that was, but at one time Astoria was known for its brothels and boarding houses. As a port city with a lot of lonely workers in the docks and canneries, it's said to have had an extremely rowdy past.

Former brothel on Bond Street I don't know much about the history of this building, and I didn't have time to do the research. If anyone can clue me in, I'll update the post.

Former brothel on Bond Street One Ninety Three West Bond Street is about a block from the apartment at 40 West Bond where I lived for several years when I first came to Astoria in 2001. Someone told me after I'd rented it that Bond Street was "the bad part of town." (Notice I didn't say "in" the bad part of town - Bond street was the bad part of town. Limited.) Were they kidding? If this is bad, they need to take a look at a few more typical cities. I found Bond Street to be a great place to live. Or maybe things have cleaned up since Bond Street's disreputable days. I'm still a newcomer, and I know there are readers out there with stories.

Besides the comments below, there is lots of discussion about this building on the blog's Facebook page. Thanks, everyone!

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12 comments:

Naturedigital said...

Whatever its history its a beautiful building.
Great photographs Sheryl.
Costas

Leslie said...

I can tell you I think it was featured in an episode of Route 66 that was filmed here. I think it was called "One Tiger to a Hill" or something similar.

Halcyon said...

Brothels in Astoria?? I thought it sounded like such a quaint, cute city. I'm glad to hear it has a "darker" side (or at least did in the past).

I like the looks of those apartments. Old-timey buildings are just neat.

Anonymous said...

Major Hoople's

cieldequimper said...

A brothel on Bond Street? NO, that can't be! Oh, I've got the wrong Bond street! ;-)

Interesting post, I might try to look into it for Versailles. And it's a lovely house, too.

VP said...

This is weird and funny...

Jacob said...

Where are all the red lights?

A great old building. What was it like inside? It looks huge! But you said there were a lot of "lonely workers," so they must have had a lot of lovely girls!

Lee Spangler said...

I know nothing more other than it waas called Maj. Hooples Boarding House but whether it was actually a brothel or not is a different story. I am sure it will be easy to find out its history.

Anonymous said...

194 Bond was indeed called Major Hooples and bore that sign in the 1962 episode of Route 66 " One Tiger to a Hill" A must see for Astoria buffs as It shows the area post WWII before the bridge with a vital fishing fleet, port docks grain elevator, ect. and features a smattering of old time Astorians as featured extras. While one may find a "party girl" at 194 Bond yet I had always heard the distinction of last operating brothel with a Madam and the whole nine yards belongs to the building that houses the Rio Cafe. Lets get some historians on this asap.

Anonymous said...

Find one of the surviving Karnas-they'll give you all the rundown on it.

Clytie said...

Very interesting history ... I will check back again to see if more has been unearthed!

PS I love this building - so much class and style!

Terrence Moore said...

Long past it's heyday the old timers around Astoria refer to this place as the "Cozy Apartments".

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