Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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The floor plan of the Asch Building’s 9th floor, on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place, shows the layout of eight, long tables in relation to the cloak room, windows, fire escape, elevators, and stairs. High ceilings included in the space-per-person calculations, allowed owners to employ 240 people in a relatively-small area resulting in the rapid transmission of illness among workers and leaving little space for moving safely through the room.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's

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