Spring Street


Drake, W. H. (William Henry) (Artist)
New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (Issuing body)
Community Service Society of New York (Issuing body,Former owner)
Spring Street
#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 ch arged 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.
Collection Name
Community Service Society records
Shelf Location
Box no. 13, Folder no. 147, Photograph no. 18
Women; Stoves; Interior architecture; Laundry; House furnishings; Children; Beds; Attics; New York (N.Y.)
circa 1884
Same scene depicted in image no. 0973 of this digital collection.
Negative on file
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
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