Louis Bossert House- then Arion Singing Society

Louis Bossert House/Arion Singing Society

1002 Bushwick Ave., Corner of Grove St.
Block 3321 Lot 20
Year Built: 1887
Building Type: Single-family detached
Architect: Theobold Englehardt
Original Owner: Louis Bossert
Proposed District: Bushwick Avenue Historic District

History and Analysis

Two-story, square double red-brick house with a cast-iron crenellated mansard roof, which replaced the original French slate roof. Also missing are the millwork ornament and the Gothic dormer windows., This was the home of Louis Bossert, a very wealthy owner of a lumber plant and a moulding mill on Union and Johnson Avenues. Bossert and his sons also had a line of manufactured houses. As a German, he was very active in the German Bushwick community. He built the Bossert Hotel, in 1909, on Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights. It was dubbed the “Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn” and was the unofficial home of the Dodgers. The house was was designed by Theobald Englehardt, a prominent Bushwick architect. It later became the headquarters of the Arion Singing Society, a German men’s choir, or Mannerchor. The choir was founded in 1865, and went on to build their headquarters and auditorium on Arion Place. The Arion ociety was an extremely popular and influential community institution. Today, the building is once again a private home.[1]

Additional Section/Additional Photography

Ebay-1960s photo