Anyone need a bed? - The Municipal Lodging House

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Anyone need a bed? - The Municipal Lodging House

This is a place where a snorer could wreck havoc on 100's of people at once.

Eugene de Salignac took this photo of the Municipal Lodging House - a 1909 Home for the Homeless on November 22, 1930.

The six-story Municipal Lodging House was built from 1905 to 1909 on 25th Street between First Avenue and the East River.

The $400,000 structure had 964 beds -- 800 iron bunks for men on three floors; the rest were for women and children, the first time specific provision had been made for them. Three meals a day were served and, to screen out idlers, men had to work five hours a day in a stoneyard.

The building appears to have been the first specifically erected by the city for temporarily homeless men and women. It was certainly the first in Manhattan.


Here is an article on the Municipal Lodging House

 http://query.nytimes.com/gs...

And more photos by the photographer

 http://www.smithsonianmagaz...

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By netchicken: posted on 23-9-2007

Fascinating . I wonder how many of those folk lying in their beds could imagine that in a 100 years the very place they were sleeping in could be worth millions and millions of dollars and would house some of the wealthiest companies in the world.
By IAF: posted on 23-9-2007

I wonder how many people we'd have on welfare today if we did as they did yesterday.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 27-9-2007








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