Apartment House Life In New York.

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Apartment House Life In New York.


Campbell Prince, Jr.




This document is significant for The House of Mirth Because it shows a depiction of what a typical floor plan looks like during the time that the book takes place, which is the late 1800s. A typical apartment during that time would cost about $30 to $50 to rent with the men having an income of $1,500 to $2,500. There were tens of thousands of apartments already built in New York. These smaller living areas allowed for more and more people to live in New York.

In The House of Mirth, Lawrence Selden lived in an apartment complex known as The Benedick. The book describes the building as made of new brick and limestone, marble porches, and pseudo-Georgian façade. Selden lives on the top floor with a balcony. The document helps us to get a glimpse of what Selden’s apartment at The Benedick looked like and the type of accommodations he might’ve had.


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Prince, Campbell. "Apartment House Life In New York." American Periodicals. ProQuest, Jun. 1897. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.


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Campbell Prince, Jr., “Apartment House Life In New York.,” American Women's Bestsellers -- Spring 2015, accessed May 30, 2024, https://202s15.cesaunders.net/items/show/86.

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