Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site



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Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site is a five-story brick tenement building that was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935. This building, located at 97 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York, is owned by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience.
The Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site exhibits include restored apartments that depict the lives of immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard Street from 1869 - 1935. The Museum's public tours place these lives in the broader context of the American history. The Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site museum also has an extensive collection of historical archives and provides a variety of educational programs. The Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site is open for public tours daily.

The Tenement Building was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 19, 1994. The National Historic Site was authorized on November 12, 1998. The site received a Save America's Treasures matching grant for $250,000 in 2000 for preservation work. Tenement Building is an affiliated area of the National Park Service. The Tenement Building is owned and administered by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.