Category Archives: Buildings

Blogcast #8: Harry Houdini’s Stamford Home

By Tom Interval In 1904, Harry Houdini purchased a summer home on farmland in Stamford, Connecticut. For some unknown reason, he sold it a year later, and since then, only two other families have owned it. The original house burned … Continue reading

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Leo’s Connecticut Mansion 360-degree Picture

LINK: Harry Houdini’s Brother Leo Owned This Connecticut Mansion By Tom Interval Are you a Houdini geek? A Connecticut history buff? No? Then the video below probably isn’t for you. It might sound kinda silly, but Houdini enthusiasts like me … Continue reading

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71 East Eagle Street: Another Houdini Address?

By Tom Interval In September 1856, homeowner E.A. Rockwell petitioned the Buffalo Common Council to build a 7 x 14′ addition to his one-story home at 71 East Eagle Street in Buffalo, New York. Little did he know that 39 … Continue reading

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Rabbi Weiss’s Farewell Sermon

By Tom Interval Listen to/watch this blog entry in video format → When Rev. Dr. Mayer Samuel Weiss arrived in the United States in 1876, doubt likely plagued his mind. At 47, he wasn’t a young man anymore, but he … Continue reading

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Houdini Then and Now

By Tom Interval We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward are dreams. – Über-Morlock, The Time Machine (2002) It’s about time. Literally and figuratively. You see, … Continue reading

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NPR Story: Unpublished Houdini Straitjacket Photo

By Tom Interval This morning, NPR’s Pam Fessler interviewed a gentleman by the name of Chris Shweie, coauthor of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York and collector of all things vaudeville. Shweie said he recently … Continue reading

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Did this man live at 278 W. 113th St. before Houdini?

By Tom Interval We know a few things about Harry Houdini’s New York City home at 278 W. 113th St. and even got a glimpse inside last year when the New York Daily News interviewed Fred Thomas, the current owner. … Continue reading

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