Manhattan's NeueHouse One Step Closer to Ending Soho House's Hollywood Monopoly

CBS Building Geary Inset - H 2014
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CBS Building Geary Inset - H 2014

The private social club and workspace, set to open an L.A. branch this spring, has poached Soho House's former membership director Tim Geary

This story first appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Is this the end of Soho House's Hollywood monopoly?

Manhattan's year-old NeueHouse, a private social club and workspace set to open an L.A. branch in the spring, already has taken on its would-be competitor by poaching its former membership director Tim Geary, THR exclusively has learned. "We're very excited to have him as a colleague," says NeueHouse co-founder Joshua Abram, who notes that Geary will help NeueHouse "very quickly" expand into Soho House's other global bases, including London.

Of more immediate concern to NeueHouse: Kitting out its new home, the six-story former CBS Building on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, an International Style marvel built by William Paley and used by everyone from Lucille Ball and Orson Welles to Bob Dylan. "There are artifacts we'd love to reassociate with, particularly the beautiful original exterior blade signage; no one knows where that is, and we'd love to find it," says Abram. "We're in conversation with the CBS Archives, we're on eBay, we're spreading the word."