P R O P O S E D H I S T O R I C D I S T R I C T
118 East 17th Street
Architect: Alfred E. Badt
An apartment house, this narrow structure has handsome Renaissance-inspired detail. The building is of note because it was designed almost immediately after the passage of the 1901 Tenement House Act, which sought to abolish multiple dwellings on narrow lots since these buildings generally filled their entire site and did not allow adequate light and air to reach most rooms. Despite its narrow width, the plan was praised by Lawrence Veiller, one of the leading tenement-reform advocates. Veiller analyzed the layout, commenting that "all rooms are of a good size and are well lighted and ventilated... Although the lot is only 20 feet wide and 81 feet deep, the architect has been able to get very good results for hte particular type of flat desired by his client."
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