The 1800s Tenements

A timeline of the development of the nineteenth-century housing market, beginning with the rise of the first American Tenement, through the construction of the largest single-family residential complex in the United States, through World War I and into the early 20th century. 

The original Tenements were constructed in the 1890s in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, New York, and were designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Their design was inspired by the American nineteenth century.

In fact, the name of the complex was originally “Old West,” as in “Old Hickory House,” the name given to the site by the New England settlers in the 1800s. 

In addition to being the largest residential development in the city, the tenements were also considered one of the most beautiful buildings in New York. 

“The buildings are built on the back of a huge slab of rock, which is then turned into a foundation by hand,” explains David Rosenfeld, the historian and curator of architecture at The New School. 

They were originally called “Parks and Houses,” as it was an informal title used for the large public buildings of the area. 

The buildings were designed to withstand heavy rainfall and floods. 

There are two major buildings on the site: the First Tenement and the Second Tenement. 

At the end of the twentieth century, the two buildings were torn down, and the site became the site of a new community, the One Park Hill Community. 

But, the old tenements remain. 

Today, there is a small memorial on the ground floor of the old Tenements building that commemorates the development and redevelopment of the original tenements, as well as the efforts of local communities to preserve and restore the site. 

Here’s a look at the most notable buildings in the original Tenement: The First Tenements, the original home of the pioneers. 

(Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects) The First Tenment (1892) The original tenement was built in 1892 by an immigrant family who arrived from India and settled in Brooklyn. 

Built in 1891, the home was designed by a local architect named Charles Grosvenor, who was well known for his architectural work. 

A stone slab was cut into the ground at the base of the home and the foundation was constructed in a manner similar to the work of Frank Lloyd W. Wright, who designed the massive World War II-era World Trade Center in New Jersey. 

This large, modern-looking building served as the base for the larger buildings on both sides of the street. 

After the building’s completion, it was the site where the city’s first tenements were built. 

It was also the site that the first residential building for African Americans was built.

In addition to the First and Second Tenements (and many other housing projects across the city), the building was a major site for the construction and expansion of other housing developments, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and more. 

 (Image: Getty Images) The One Park Hills (1917) (Via The Architects and Engineers of the World) Located just west of the Brooklyn Battery, the One Park Heights was the largest housing development in Brooklyn at the time. 

Its original residents were mostly African Americans. 

While the housing developments of the era were mostly built for white families, the One Park Heights was one of a few housing developments that housed African American families. 

According to historian David Rosenfeld: “By the late 1930s, there was a very small African American population in Brooklyn, and this was a fact that was recognized by the city government. 

One of the issues that was faced by the developers of the  One Park Hills was that the buildings had been designed as single-storey apartments. 

However, this did not make them suitable for the needs of a large population. 

As a result, in order to construct apartments for African American residents, in 1933 the city decided to construct tenements with more than two stories. 

Tenement construction became a major activity for the city. 

To this day, the Tenements are one of many sites on the Brooklyn waterfront that have been used for housing development. 

For example, the East Riverfront Park has been used as a housing development for many years, with the city purchasing land in the park to build housing. 

Some of the Tenement sites that are still active today include: One Park Hill (1959) This tenement is located on the east side of the East River. 

Although the One Park Hamp was originally built for the wealthy residents of the nearby East Riverfront Village, it also served as an affordable housing development, which become one of New York’s most