The Wolfe Pack Finds the Brownstone—454 W. 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
The Wolfe Pack, under the aegis of The City of New York's Parks Department, honored writer Rex Stout and his fictional, eccentric private detective, Nero Wolfe, with a bronze plaque at 454 West 35th Street on Saturday, June 22, 1996.
In Rex Stout's 73 Nero Wolfe mysteries, the street address of Wolfe's West 35th Street brownstone wanders as far east as 9th Avenue and as far west as the middle of the Hudson River. The Wolfe Pack—donating a bronze plaque to honor Stout's work—has identified 454 West 35th Street as the probable site of the fictional brownstone.
On a partly sunny Saturday in June, 1996, some 35 members of The Wolfe Pack descended on 454 West 35th Street to put to rest forever the controversy over exactly where Mr. Wolfe drank beer, raised orchids, ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and—oh, yes!—occasionally solved a murder. Commissioner Henry Stern, Department of Parks and Recreation, City of New York dedicated the site.
The plaque reads:
"On this site stood the elegant brownstone of the corpulent fictional private detective Nero Wolfe. With his able assistant Archie Goodwin, Mr. Wolfe raised orchids and dined well, while solving over seventy cases as recorded by Rex Stout from 1934-1975."
In 2005 The NY Times included the brownstone in their article and literary map of New York.