Centennial at infamous landmark…

March 25th, 2011 marks the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire located in lower Manhattan. According to wikipedia, it “was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history.”
The site of the fire was designated as a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) in 2003. From their designation report, “Now a New York University science building, this neo-Renaissance-style loft building was constructed in 1900-01 for investor Joseph J. Asch. On March 25, 1911, it was the site of one of the worst industrial disasters in American history, when a fire in the Triangle shirtwaist factory on the building’s top three floors resulted in the death of 146 workers, most of them young women.”

While the fire itself was short in duration, the tragedy had long lasting effects. Again from the LPC report, “The tragedy stunned the nation and
became a catalyst for a broad range of reforms. In the next few
years, New York City and New York State adopted a battery of
new laws to protect the public from fires and ensure the health
and safety of workers. The new laws were the most advanced and comprehensive in the country and served as models for
other state and local ordinances and for the federal labor legislation of the New Deal era, twenty years later.”

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