Open House New York: Chess & Checkers House

You’re invited to play, New York!

Sunday, October 22
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Following a multi-year restoration, the Chess & Checkers House is open to players of all ages and abilities on October 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The restoration included revitalizing the original rustic architecture of this mid-century landmark with Victorian roots, as well as enhancing the site’s accessibility.

Join Open House New York and the Central Park Conservancy to explore the site, discover its place in the development of New York City’s modern play culture, and, of course, play!

This weekend only, you’ll have the opportunity to view rarely seen architectural plans and archival images of the Chess & Checkers House. Our Conservancy guides will also share insights into its history, design, and revival. Then, you can try your hand in a round of chess or checkers, test your skills with chess puzzles, and enjoy our event-exclusive trivia.