Private Customized Tour
Tour #5: O! Multitudes! I: Three Centuries of Domestic Architecture on the Lower East Side
Starting in what is now Chinatown, this comprehensive architectural tour explores housing on the Lower East Side from the Federal, pre-Civil War era to the mid-nineteenth century.
- See examples of late 18th and early 19th century housing.
- Walk past social, cultural and religious institutions that have served the community for almost two centuries.
- Stroll down a middle class neighborhood that predates the Civil War.
- Learn about the sites of the notorious Five Points, Gotham Court and Mulberry Bend slums, and the street described by social activist Jacob Riis. Hear evocative interpretations of these neighborhoods.
- Participants will receive a packet of primary sources documenting the sites visited.
In both O! Multitudes! tours, the disparate interests that contributed to the housing profile of New York City will be discussed.
For information on the continuation of this tour, see O! Multitudes! II
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