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Tenement Collection

"Exploring the Tenements: A Glimpse into Urban Living Through Time" Step back in time and witness the gritty reality life captured by Jacob Riis in his iconic photograph

Background imageTenement Collection: RIIS: BANDITS ROOST, 1887. An alley at 59 Mulberry Street in New York City

RIIS: BANDITS ROOST, 1887. An alley at 59 Mulberry Street in New York City. Photographed by Jacob Riis, c1887

Background imageTenement Collection: City Centre, Galsgow, 1950

City Centre, Galsgow, 1950
Central Station, Glasgow, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND facing South. NCAP: RAF: National Air Photograph Survey - 03/04/1950

Background imageTenement Collection: Glasgow Municipal Tenement Plan

Glasgow Municipal Tenement Plan
Layout plan of a Glasgow Municipal Tenement. Date: 1896

Background imageTenement Collection: BROOKLYN: TENEMENTS, c1909. Tenement buildings under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York

BROOKLYN: TENEMENTS, c1909. Tenement buildings under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing by Joseph Pennell, c1909

Background imageTenement Collection: Tenements In New York City

Tenements In New York City
Photograph shows laundry drying on clotheslines in the backyards of New York City tenement slums, circa 1900. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Background imageTenement Collection: Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, 1907 (b / w photo)

Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, 1907 (b / w photo)
1812535 Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, 1907 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageTenement Collection: Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, view of public gardens and flats, London

Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, view of public gardens and flats, London
1812532 Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, view of public gardens and flats, London, 1903 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageTenement Collection: Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, London, 1907 (b / w photo)

Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, London, 1907 (b / w photo)
1812539 Boundary Estate: Arnold Circus, London, 1907 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; (add.info.: Bethnal Green)

Background imageTenement Collection: Bellingham Estate: exterior of the Fellowship Inn public house, London, 1925 (b / w photo)

Bellingham Estate: exterior of the Fellowship Inn public house, London, 1925 (b / w photo)
1812527 Bellingham Estate: exterior of the Fellowship Inn public house, London, 1925 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 193 High Street (#9), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 193 High Street (#9), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 193 High Street (#9), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 101 High Street (#8), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 101 High Street (#8), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 101 High Street (#8), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 115 High Street (#7), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 115 High Street (#7), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 115 High Street (#7), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 118 High Street (#6), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 118 High Street (#6), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 118 High Street (#6), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 148 High Street (#5), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 148 High Street (#5), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 148 High Street (#5), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Nelson Street, City (#46), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Nelson Street, City (#46), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Nelson Street, City (#46), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 267 High Street (#41), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 267 High Street (#41), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 267 High Street (#41), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Elphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals (#38), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Elphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals (#38), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Elphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals (#38), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Saltmarket From Bridgegate (#33), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Saltmarket From Bridgegate (#33), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Saltmarket From Bridgegate (#33), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Broad Close No. 167 High Street (#3), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Broad Close No. 167 High Street (#3), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Broad Close No. 167 High Street (#3), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 128 Saltmarket (#30), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 128 Saltmarket (#30), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 128 Saltmarket (#30), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 122 Saltmarket (#29), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 122 Saltmarket (#29), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 122 Saltmarket (#29), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close Nos. 97 & 103 Saltmarket (#28), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan. Close Nos

Close Nos. 97 & 103 Saltmarket (#28), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan. Close Nos
Close Nos. 97 & 103 Saltmarket (#28), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 61 Saltmarket (#27), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 61 Saltmarket (#27), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 61 Saltmarket (#27), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 31 Saltmarket (#26), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 31 Saltmarket (#26), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 31 Saltmarket (#26), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 28 Saltmarket (#25), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 28 Saltmarket (#25), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 28 Saltmarket (#25), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 37 High Street (#15), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 37 High Street (#15), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 37 High Street (#15), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 65 High Street (#13), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 65 High Street (#13), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 65 High Street (#13), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Close No. 75 High Street (#12), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Close No. 75 High Street (#12), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Close No. 75 High Street (#12), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: High Street From College Open (#4), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

High Street From College Open (#4), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
High Street From College Open (#4), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Exterior of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: William H. Jackson

Exterior of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: William H. Jackson
Exterior of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: Exterior of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: William H. Jackson

Exterior of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: William H. Jackson
Exterior of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: Trongate From Tron Steeple (#17), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan

Trongate From Tron Steeple (#17), Printed 1900. Creator: Thomas Annan
Trongate From Tron Steeple (#17), Printed 1900

Background imageTenement Collection: Court of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown

Court of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown
Court of tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: Stairway and hall, tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown

Stairway and hall, tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown
Stairway and hall, tenement, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: Court of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown

Court of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown
Court of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: Interior of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown

Interior of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown
Interior of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: Exterior of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown

Exterior of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: Unknown
Exterior of tenement house, New York City, between 1900 and 1910

Background imageTenement Collection: A Monday washing, New York City, c1900. Creator: Unknown

A Monday washing, New York City, c1900. Creator: Unknown
A Monday washing, New York City, c1900. Photo shows many lines of clothes hanging between buildings at Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and One Hundred and Seventh Street

Background imageTenement Collection: Facades of two-story houses, [Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 141 Church Street... c1920-1926

Facades of two-story houses, [Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 141 Church Street... c1920-1926. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Facades of two-story houses, [Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 141 Church Street, located in Charleston's French Quarter District], Charleston, South Carolina, between 1920 and 1926

Background imageTenement Collection: Facades of two-story houses, [Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 141 Church Street... c1920-1926

Facades of two-story houses, [Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 141 Church Street... c1920-1926. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Facades of two-story houses, [Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 141 Church Street, located in Charleston's French Quarter District], Charleston, South Carolina, between 1920 and 1926

Background imageTenement Collection: Where Fighting Mag lived, 1905. Creator: Unknown

Where Fighting Mag lived, 1905. Creator: Unknown
Where Fighting Mag lived, 1905

Background imageTenement Collection: Tenement buildings, East London

Tenement buildings, East London
Tenement buildings in East London, with washing drying, and children playing. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageTenement Collection: East Hill Estate: exterior of Whitby Houses, London, 1925 (b / w photo)

East Hill Estate: exterior of Whitby Houses, London, 1925 (b / w photo)
1812601 East Hill Estate: exterior of Whitby Houses, London, 1925 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; (add.info.: Wandsworth)

Background imageTenement Collection: The Unsafe Tenement. One of the Twelve Etchings from Nature. (The French Set), 1858

The Unsafe Tenement. One of the Twelve Etchings from Nature. (The French Set), 1858

Background imageTenement Collection: East Hill Estate: exterior of Newlyn House, courtyard and flats, London, 1928 (b / w photo)

East Hill Estate: exterior of Newlyn House, courtyard and flats, London, 1928 (b / w photo)
1812604 East Hill Estate: exterior of Newlyn House, courtyard and flats, London, 1928 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageTenement Collection: Collingwood Estate: exterior of Bullen House, London, 1925 (b / w photo)

Collingwood Estate: exterior of Bullen House, London, 1925 (b / w photo)
1812578 Collingwood Estate: exterior of Bullen House, London, 1925 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; (add.info.: Bethnal Green)

Background imageTenement Collection: Kennington Park Estate: Lohmann House, London, 1936 (b / w photo)

Kennington Park Estate: Lohmann House, London, 1936 (b / w photo)
1812627 Kennington Park Estate: Lohmann House, London, 1936 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; (add.info.: Lambeth)

Background imageTenement Collection: Kingsmead Estate: interior of flat, London, 1939 (b / w photo)

Kingsmead Estate: interior of flat, London, 1939 (b / w photo)
1812629 Kingsmead Estate: interior of flat, London, 1939 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives



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"Exploring the Tenements: A Glimpse into Urban Living Through Time" Step back in time and witness the gritty reality life captured by Jacob Riis in his iconic photograph, "Bandits Roost. " This haunting image transports us to 1887 New York City, where an alley at 59 Mulberry Street reveals the harsh living conditions faced by many. Fast forward to 1950s Glasgow, as we find ourselves immersed in the bustling City Centre. The tenements stand tall, bearing witness to generations of residents who called them home. Meanwhile, across the pond in London's Boundary Estate, Arnold Circus emerges with its public gardens and flats—a testament to early attempts at urban planning. The Glasgow Municipal Tenement Plan showcases a cityscape shaped by these multi-story buildings that housed countless families. These structures became synonymous with working-class communities and their struggles for better living conditions. Brooklyn's tenement buildings under the Brooklyn Bridge paint a vivid picture of immigrant life in early 20th-century America. These cramped quarters were often overcrowded yet served as stepping stones for those seeking a new beginning. Venturing further into London's Bellingham Estate, we encounter the Fellowship Inn public house—an emblematic gathering place within this vibrant community during the 1920s. It stands as a reminder of how these buildings not only provided shelter but also fostered social connections. Traveling overseas once more, Poland's Zamosc Old Town mesmerizes with its colorful houses on Market Square—a stark contrast to our previous glimpses into urban poverty. Swietojanska Street leads us towards Warsaw's Royal Castle at dawn—majestic remnants of history amidst modernity. Finally, Ship Building Detail offers insight into how even historic areas like Warsaw's Old Town adapt over time while preserving their unique charm. As cities evolve and grow around them, tenements continue to be woven into their fabric—silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of urban life.