Washington 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)
Washington Street
#19 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 51 (From the Tenement House Inspector Report, pp. 35-60.) ;-Washington Street. In the older houses where gable roofs exist the attic rooms were almost invariably tenanted. Sometimes, as at ;-Washington Street, a large landing divides two small apartme nts, and oftener the entire space is utilized by cutting up into miniature partitioned rooms, occupied by from one to three persons paying an average of $4.00 per month per room. The Illustration above represents an attic somewhere roomier than the average, and for which $5.00 per month is paid. It was tenanted by an old man, “superannuated,” as he said. He was very sick and all alone…. Life in a tenement house attic is as dismal as can be imagined. Since the clearing out of the cellar population, attics have been in great demand, affording the cheapest accommodation to be had. The bins, or rooms, seldom have to wait for a tenant. An attic of limited area at ;- Cherry Street is divided into five apartments, dark, blackened with the smoke of the one stove on which the tenants do their scant cooking in turns, and though unventilated in the summer, bitterly cold in winter, wretched at all times. In Bleecker Street is a row of houses whose attic floors are cut up to accommodate all manner of people, amongst whom it is prudent to look after one’s personal safety.
Collection Name
Community Service Society records
Shelf Location
Box no. 13, Folder no. 148, Photograph no. 19
Interior architecture; Men; House furnishings; Beds; Attics; New York (N.Y.)
circa 1884
Annotation on back: p. 51
Negative on file
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Digital Project
Community Service Society Records
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