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Spring Street

Spring Street
CSS Description
(Negative on file) #18 Drawing by W.H. Drake In “Forty-First Annual Report of the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, for the year 1884.” Page 52 (From the Tenement House Inspectors Report, pp. 35-60.) ---Spring Street, another attic apartment, shown in our engraving, is one of six on the floor, separated by flimsy partitions and bringing altogether a rental of $15.50 per month; $3.50 being charged for this miserable abode. A widow and her two children sleep on a ragged pile of stuff on the floor. Like most such places dirt abounds, plaster is scarce, floors are rotten and with many holes cut through by rats or worn through by time and decay. To exclude the cold is impossible. The ill fitting window sash, the chinks in partitions and around the broken door, and drafts through the laths, render impossible any approach to comfort at any season.
Item Information
Title
Spring Street
Date
circa 1884
Item Number
1319
Photograph Number
18
Format
illustrations
Corporate Designation
New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor
Borough
Manhattan
Street Names
Spring Street
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Women; Stoves; Interiors; Laundry; House furnishings; Children; Beds; Attics
Creators
Drake, W. H. (William Henry)
Box and Folder Number
13: 147
CSS Description
(Negative on file) #18 Drawing by W.H. Drake In “Forty-First Annual Report of the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, for the year 1884.” Page 52 (From the Tenement House Inspectors Report, pp. 35-60.) ---Spring Street, another attic apartment, shown in our engraving, is one of six on the floor, separated by flimsy partitions and bringing altogether a rental of $15.50 per month; $3.50 being charged for this miserable abode. A widow and her two children sleep on a ragged pile of stuff on the floor. Like most such places dirt abounds, plaster is scarce, floors are rotten and with many holes cut through by rats or worn through by time and decay. To exclude the cold is impossible. The ill fitting window sash, the chinks in partitions and around the broken door, and drafts through the laths, render impossible any approach to comfort at any season.