As Josef Astor told us when discussing his film Lost Bohemia, the studios of the Carnegie Hall Towers have long been the home to artists who were also teachers. He sent these images along to show a bit of the place's deep history.
Above is a lady named Eulabee Dix, a miniature painter seated at her work table in Studio 153. She is noted in this advertisement from a 1903 New York Times:
The studios were filled with piano teachers and voice instructors. Miss Genevieve Bisbee taught the Leschetizky Method, while John Brady preferred the Virgil Clavier method.
Though piano and song dominated the studios, you could also learn to speak French from Professor Houllegatte (in his dapper mustache), or take up the making of "curiously dyed woods" from artist Harriett Keith Fobes. After that, get your blood pumping with Mrs. Frances Vietinghoff Barnes, who could urge you through the rigors of Physical Culture and Medical Gymnastics.
You could even get that bad tooth pulled by Carnegie Hall's lone dentist, J.M. Buchanan.
Like a giant Cornell assemblage, there was a whole world in those studios, an intricate history that brings to mind the old saw about 8 million stories in the naked city. With such a long life, and with so many characters, the Carnegie studios must have had a million of those stories. Just looking at this advertisement fires the imagination--and now it's done.