Friday, April 10, 2009

48 Henry Street 2

The web site of the church is ecoserve
Up until 1950 it housed the Jacob Riis Settlement House. From the Riis Settlement site
Jacob A. Riis was the founder of the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House. He was a native of Ribe, Denmark, and came to New York City in 1870. Riis's book, "How the Other Half Lives" exposed conditions previously thought not to exist in America. He used photography to bring unprecedented public awareness to pressing social problems through a relatively new medium. In 1888, he established the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House to meet the needs of newly arrived immigrants.
In 1888, Jacob A. Riis collaborated with the King's daughters, an organization of Episcopalian church women, to establish the organization which in 1901 was renamed as the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House. In it's early years, the Settlement House offered sewing classes, mothers clubs, health care, a summer camp, and a penny provident bank. In 1897, the Settlement House moved into its first home at 48 Henry St. Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House continued to diversify activities, broadening the scope of activities to include athletics,-citizenship classes, and drama. In the 1940's and 50;s, the Settlement House began to offer programs for residents of public housing developments in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. At the same time, the original Settlement House building was sold; in 1950, Jacob A. Riis Settlement House moved all of it's activities to the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens.

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