A History of 103 Orchard Street

Posted on: October 16th, 2009 at 6:09 am by

We are pleased to introduce this post as the first of hopefully many contributions by the fine folks at the Tenement Museum.

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[Photo via Keiko Niwa]

Standing across the street from the corner tenement at 103 Orchard today, there is little evidence suggestive of the immense changes it has undergone since it was erected in the late 19th century.  In 1888, the wood-frame dwellings at 103, 105, and 107 Orchard were replaced by three separate, individual dumbbell tenements, each 25 feet wide by 88.6 feet deep, and with 18 individual apartments.

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Just eight years after being built, 105 Orchard Street was mentioned in a September 1895 New York Times article as a building the Board of Health would forcibly vacate if “not put in better sanitary condition within five days.”

Find out what happened next, this afternoon on the Tenement Museum Blog!

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