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97 Orchard Street

 
 
97 Orchard Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2009
1. 97 Orchard Street Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1863-64 by Lucas Glockner, a German-born tailor, 97 Orchard Street is typical of the earliest form of tenement house constructed in New York. For millions of immigrants from scores of nations, this tenement and others like it was a place of first settlement in America. We salute them as our urban pioneers on the municipal frontier.

This is the first tenement to be individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
September, 1992
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 43.112′ N, 73° 59.406′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Orchard Street north of Broome Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is between Broome Street and Delancy Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. No Gold? No Dinosaurs? No Long Forgotten Tomb? (within shouting distance of this marker); Orchard Street
97 Orchard Street image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2009
2. 97 Orchard Street
Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Museum is the 5 story apartment building behind the red sign.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kehila Kedosha Janina (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); B’nai B’rith (about 600 feet away); M’Finda Kalunga Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Faerman’s Cash Registers (approx. ¼ mile away); Hi-Tech (approx. ¼ mile away); John Brown's Body On The Bowery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding 97 Orchard Street. 97 Orchard St. was one of many tenements built to house new immigrants to New York City. This building built in 1863 was home to over 7,000 people between 1863 and 1935 when it was condemned as a residence. The owners could not afford to replace the wooden stair railings to meet building code. Commercial tenants remained on the first floor and basement, but the upper floors containing 20 apartments were abandoned. Parts of the building have been restored to demonstrate the living conditions during various phases of occupancy by German, Italian, Irish and other ethnic groups over its many years.

The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Lower East Side Tenements image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2009
3. Lower East Side Tenements
Another view of the many tenements that were occupied by immigrants.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2009
4. Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Another view.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on March 17, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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