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Exploring 97 Orchard Street
Tenement Toilets
Bathroom
Indoor toilets were only added to 97 Orchard Street after 1901.
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Light
Light
Electric light was not installed in 97 Orchard until 1924.
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A Tenement Sink
Water
In 1863, it was nearly impossible to run water to the top floor of a 5-story building.
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Children Cooling Off on A Fireplace
Water
The first tenants of 97 Orchard had to rely on coal burning stoves and fire places for heat.
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How An Exhibit Is Born
An Archival Crime Scene Photo
ZoomHow do we know so much about the tenement and its tenants? See how we used crime scene photos and artifacts to recreate life in 1918.
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