It was easy to overlook 97 Orchard Street. The building was but one of the thousands of tenements that sprouted up on the Lower East Side during the nineteenth century.
However, for Lukas Glockner, 97 Orchard Street wasn't just another tenement; it was a ticket to prosperity. When the German immigrant opened his tenement in 1863, he was hoping to turn a profit by providing cheap homes to the immigrants who were flooding into Manhattan.
The tenement fulfilled Glockner's dreams: people filled the building and swelled his pocketbook. Indeed, between 1863 and 1935, 7000 tenants lived in 97 Orchard Street. The lives of some of these residents are the basis of our Virtual Tour.