Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nero Wolfe lived here (or not).


My wife and I just returned from a week of fun, frolic and foot pain in New York City. After walking the High Line north to West 30th Street, I dragged her along on my pilgrimage to West 35th. Because Rex Stout failed to give us the house number, I was worried I might not be able to pick the Nero Wolfe residence out of the many brownstones between 9th and 10th Avenue. But my worries were for naught, because there's only one left, and this is it, number 455. It wins by default.


7 comments:

Cap'n Bob said...

It's not that Stout didn't give a number, he gave too many. But I think you nailed the right one. Did you get up to see the orchid rooms?

Anonymous said...

Even if we pretend the top story used to be the plant rooms, this one won't work. As you enter Wolfe's house, the front room and then the office are on the left side of the hall. This one has nothing but a structural wall to the left of the hall.
Art Scott

David Cranmer said...

Not what it used to be but what a cool post, Dave. Years ago I was in Montenegro (his birthplace) and I asked random folks there and no one knew the name Nero Wolfe.

Richard said...

For many years I thought this would have been the correct layout, but Art is right. After reading more about the Wolfe brownstone, it is indeed the reverse of this one. Still, it's cool to see a brownstone of the approximate time and place still exists.

Oscar said...

Looks good to me.

Cap'n Bob said...

Obviously Bob Villa changed the entrance to the other side of the building.

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks. Just I pictured it.