Eastman School The Best Practical School in America Harlem 1905

July 10, 2015

EASTMAN SCHOOL IN HARLEM LENOX AVE  123RD ST NYC

Built by the Harlem Club in 1889, this is one of most spectacular Queen Anne structures in the city. The Harlem Club was founded by a group of social prominent Protestant men. The club’s failure to expand and admit Catholic and Jewish men (and their money) led to its insolvency by 1907.

The building was subsequently occupied by the Eastman School. Harvey G. Eastman (1832–78), a cousin of Kodak founder George Eastman, established the Eastman Business College in Poughkeapsie in 1859. Subsequent president Clement C. Gaines (1857–1943) opened a Harlem branch called the New York Business Institute at 81 E. 125th St. in 1892.

The 1898 catalog of the Eastman Business College and its affiliated school, the New York Business Institute, stated that:


“These schools do not receive students of the Negro Race”.

In 1905 S. V. Daniels, a 17-year-old from St. Thomas, withdrew from the main college following the petition of 160 southern students alleging that he was partially of African descent, and transferred to the Harlem branch.

Later known as the Eastman School, it became known as “The Best Practical School in America”, , the institution took over the former Harlem Club after 1907 and remained here until the school closed in 1931.

The college closed on June 10, 1931.

The card was cancelled view by Rotograph company (source).


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Harlem World Magazine, 2521 1/2 west 42nd street, Los Angeles, CA, 90008, https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
We're your source for local coverage, we count on your support. SPONSOR US!
Your support is crucial in maintaining a healthy democracy and quality journalism. With your contribution, we can continue to provide engaging news and free access to all.
accepted credit cards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Articles