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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 2, 2013


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2013;309(1):13. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.145022

Two of the most widely known New York model tenements are the Vanderbilt tenement, built especially for the tuberculous poor, and the Open Stair tenement across the street from it, which is now offered for sale by the private group which financed its erection. The architect of these buildings, Mr. Henry Atterbury Smith, now declares1 that such dwellings are failures as far as housing the poor is concerned, and that they have not accomplished the purpose for which they were built. Such statements by an authority deserve consideration.