Challenge Programs: Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

12/1/2012 - 7/31/2018

Funding Totals (matching)

$500,000.00 (approved)
$500,000.00 (offered)
$500,000.00 (awarded)

Renovation to Expand Story of American Immigration History into Post-World War II Period

FAIN: CH-51182-15

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Inc. (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: May 2013 to June 2019)

Construction to prepare three floors of its recently acquired 103 Orchard Street building for exhibition, program, and administrative space, and to replace the roof and cornice.

The Museum’s 103 Orchard Street Construction and Renovation project will prepare the top three floors of its 1888 tenement into exhibit and flexible program and office space. The exhibit space will recreate apartments in which immigrant families lived to tell the stories of Jewish Holocaust survivors, Puerto Rican migrants and Chinese immigrants who lived in this tenement post-World War II. Flexible program and office space will allow the Museum to provide additional space for educational activities and better accommodate its growing staff. The project enhances the Museum's mission and is the centerpiece of the Museum’s capital campaign and integral to its five-year strategic plan to increase visitorship.

Media Coverage

New View Into Tenement Life (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Lana Bortolot
Publication: Wall Street Journal
Date: 3/2/2011
Abstract: Lower East Side Museum Works Through Downturn to Prepare Visitors Center