The Dumbell Apartment

The Dumbell Apartment

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 19, 2004
Name does not inspire trust, residents say. If you live in New York, you know these buildings and probably lived in one at some point (or still do...). These are the ones that have the well worn stairs, the central staircase, the old toilet doors in the hallway and NO CLOSETS anywhere. This the the "dumbell" design that won a design competition sponsored by the magazine, The Plumber and Sanitary Engineer, in 1879 and fueled a housing boom thereafter....Using the great Google we just found out all about it.... at The Living City. MGR
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