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Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street
     

Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street

by Andrew Dolkart
 

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"I trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower,"
writes Andrew S. Dolkart. "Not to the legendary ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, but to the more prosaic tenement on the southeast corner of East Broadway and Clinton Street named the Mayflower, where my father was born in 1914 to Russian-Jewish immigrants."

For Dolkart, the

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"I trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower,"
writes Andrew S. Dolkart. "Not to the legendary ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, but to the more prosaic tenement on the southeast corner of East Broadway and Clinton Street named the Mayflower, where my father was born in 1914 to Russian-Jewish immigrants."

For Dolkart, the experience of being raised in a tenement became a metaphor for the life that was afforded countless thousands of other immigrant children growing up in Lower Manhattan during the past century and more.

Dolkart presents for us a precise and informative biography of a typical tenement house in New York City that became, in 1988, the site for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Dolkart documents, analyzes, and interprets the architectural and social history of this building at 97 Orchard Street, starting in the 1860s when it was erected, moving on to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the neighborhood started to change, and concluding in the present day as the building is reincarnated as the museum. This book is a lasting tribute to the legacy of immigrants and their children, who were part of the transformation of New York City and the fabric of everyday American urban life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930066700
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/21/2007
Series:
Center Distributed Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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"" Biography of a Tenement House in New York City is a fascinating history, very well written and researched, and lavishly illustrated. The construction of the book as a biography enables Professor Dolkart to discuss the design of the building in relationship to the changing social fabric of the Lower East Side. The book also includes vivid descriptions of the people who built and lived in the building. The book should be a distinguished addition to the Center for American Places list." -- Marta Gutman, The City College of New York

Meet the Author

Andrew Scott Dolkart is the James Marston Fitch Professor and Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Andrew Scott Dolkart is the James Marston Fitch Professor and Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York.

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