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BIOGRAPHY OF A TENEMENT HOUSE IN NEW YORK CITY: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street (University of Virginia Press 2006)
"I trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower," writes Andrew S. Dolkart. "Not to the legendary ship
that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, but to the more prosaic tenement on
the southeast corner of East Broadway and Clinton Street named the Mayflower, where my father was
born in 1914 to Russian-Jewish immigrants." Architectural and urban historian Andrew S. Dolkart
presents a precise and informative biography of a typical tenement house at 97 Orchard Street in
New York City that in 1988 became the remarkable Lower East Side Tenement Museum. He documents
and interprets the architectural and social history of the building beginning in the 1860s when
it was erected, in to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the neighborhood
started to change, and in the present as the building is reincarnated as the museum.
Andrew S. Dolkart is the James Marston Fitch Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has written extensively about the architecture and development of New York, including the award-winning Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development and the Guide to New York City Landmarks. He has curated numerous exhibitions and is well-known for his walking tours of New York City neighborhoods.