Tag Archives: 97 Orchard Street

The Photos of Wijnanda Deroo: The Ruins of Orchard Street

If you’ve taken a tour at the Tenement Museum, you’ve heard them described that way: the ruins. Before entering one of the recreated apartments at 97 Orchard Street, educators take visitors into a room showing how the building looked when … Read more…

The Paper Chase

One of the unique things about the Tenement Museum is the ordinariness of the stories we tell.  Visitors can imagine what everyday life might have been like for the people who happened to live at 97 Orchard Street, people who … Read more…

Fun With Linoleum (No, Really!)

Recently, we’ve done some conservation work that required us to pry up floorboards in Apartment 7 at 97 Orchard Street. But before we could open the floor up, we had to remove the floor covering–an 80 or 90-something year old … Read more…

A Tenement So Hot, It’s Got to Have Shades

As you may have guessed, and as our summer visitors may have experienced, the temperature inside 97 Orchard can climb very high during the summer months. We monitor this using “HOBO” data loggers, small battery powered devices that are placed … Read more…

Waking Up at 97 Orchard Street

Spring is just around the corner… we hope! To help us through these last winter days, we turn to hot tea and coffee for warmth and caffeine. Here at the Tenement Museum, we also imagine how they might have awakened … Read more…

Innovative Conservation at 97 Orchard

For some of our visitors, the restored apartments at 97 Orchard Street are the most memorable part of the Tenement Museum. Others are particularly fascinated with the tenement apartments that we call “stabilized ruins”—where the process of historical decay is … Read more…