6. Model Tenement House Law Book

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New York City’s Tenement House Law was passed in 1901, drafted in part by Lawrence Veiller who was a manager in the Department of Buildings and an officer of the Tenement House Committee. The hefty book is shown behind glass in the Affordable Housing exhibit. Veiller worked closely with activist Jacob Riis, the subject of another impressive exhibit concurrently at the Museum of the City of New York to use photographs as a means to create public support for housing reform.