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Title Bavarian chalet ornament from unknown German restaurant, Hoboken, no date, ca. 1920.
Object Name Cabinet, Display
Catalog Number 2002.066.0001
Collection Hoboken Bar & Restaurant Memorabilia Collection
Credit Gift of Mathew Muzio.
Description Remnant of a display cabinet cornice in the architectural style of a Bavarian chalet from a German restaurant/luncheonette formerly at the ground floor of 123 Washington St., Hoboken, n.d. (ca. 1930's or earlier.) This location has been an H. & R. Block Tax Preparation Service for over 20 years. Painted wood & glass. 9'-5"w x 34"h x 14"d.

Found by Mathew Muzio and recovered by R. Foster when the shop was undergoing renovation and this item was on a wall above a drop ceiling. It appears that may been atop a wall cabinet or a bar/service counter 'back.' The bottom is not closed and appears rough, unfinished as if it was meant to join with some other architectural element.

Made of wood with a dark stain and black painted detailing. The top is a sloped roof meeting 5 'caged' support posts. Between the posts are balustraded porch railings (1 section missing.) In the wall setback from the railings are 4 small centered windows (2 over 2) that open; 2 still have light yellow stained glass. Each window has a pair of green vaned shutters.

Minor damage with losses noted above.
Date 1920-1940
Year Range from 1920.0
Year Range to 1940.0
Search Terms 123 Washington St.
H. & R. Block
Shirt Shack
Notes The piece may have been on the left side of the shop as one enters. It has a perspective: note that the distance between columns decreases left to right; the column at the right end is narrower than the others;and the center hipped roof is off-center to the right. The unfinished ends and the evidence of what was probably a finish molding at the left and right edges of the roof suggest that this piece was set back between jogs in the wall or had other cabinetry that bracketed it.
Classification Bars / Saloons
Business & Commerce
Ethnic Culture