White, Alfred Tredway, 1846-1921

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Alfred Tredway White (1846-1921) was a philanthropist who resided in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1876, he constructed the first low-rent housing project in the United States in South Brooklyn. He completed another building of this kind, the Riverside Apartments, on Joralemon Street and Columbia Street in 1893. White was also the director of the Children's Aid Society of Brooklyn. In 1910, he purchased a building at 78 Schemerhorn Street and presented it to the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities.

From the guide to the Alfred T. White passport, 1865, (Brooklyn Historical Society)

Gabriel Furman (January 23, 1800-November 11, 1854) was a respected historian of early Brooklyn. Among his works were the Notes Geographical and Historical, Relating to the Town of Brooklyn, on Long-Island (1824), still available in a recent reprint. Little is known of Furman's youth; he attended Columbia Academy in Bergen (now part of Jersey City), New Jersey, from 1814-1816. Professionally, Furman became a lawyer, having studied law beginning in 1823 in the office of Elisha W. King of Beekman St., New York. Furman was later a justice of the Brooklyn municipal court, a member of the New York State Senate (1839-1842), and an unsuccessful Whig candidate for lieutenant governor. For further biographical information, see Brooklyn Historical Society's guide to its collection of original Furman journals and commonplace books; the guide is available on-line and the call number for the collection itself is ARC.190.

From the guide to the Typescripts of Gabriel Furman's notes on Brooklyn, N.Y., 1821-1823, circa 1920 typescripts of 1821-1823 journal, (Brooklyn Historical Society)

Brooklyn businessman; philanthropist.

From the description of Papers, 1865-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155477135

Alfred T. White (1846-1921) was one of Brooklyn's most prominent philanthropists and a civil engineer by trade. In 1876, White oversaw the building of the Tower and Home Apartments on Hicks and Baltic Streets, the first low-rent housing project in the United States. The apartment units, which featured a central garden and exterior iron staircases, were designed by White with the architectural firm William Field & Son. White also built his own dwellings around the perimeter of the property so that the interior half of his land could be used for gardens and recreational purposes. Another of White's low-rent housing projects, the Riverside Apartments on Furman, Columbia, and Joralemon Streets, was built in 1890. Though low in rent, White's housing projects proved to be a great financial success. In 1935, White's heirs and new owners of the apartments modernized all units, adding bathrooms, a central heating plant, electric lights, gas ranges, and refrigerators.

From the guide to the Alfred T. White Tower and Home and Riverside Apartment Buildings records, 1878-1949, (Brooklyn Historical Society)

Merchant in Brooklyn, N.Y.

White did a study of homes of the laboring classes and , in 1876, erected the first successful improved tenement homes in the country.

From the description of Papers, 1884-1910. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122530079

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records, Bulk, 1833-1967, 1790-1970s Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948. The gift of Gerritsen Park to the city of New York by Frederick B. Pratt and Alfred T. White : typescript / by Edward M. Bassett. Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Typescripts of Gabriel Furman's notes on Brooklyn, N.Y., 1821-1823, circa 1920 typescripts of 1821-1823 journal Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Alfred T. White Tower and Home and Riverside Apartment Buildings records, 1878-1949 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf White, Alfred T., 1846-1921. Papers, 1865-1949. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Glass plate negative collection 1903-1945. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Library
creatorOf Catholic Church. [Book of hours]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fields, Annie, 1834-1915. Papers, 1870-1899, 1870-1880. Simmons College, Beatley Library
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Letter, 1914 Jan. 19, Battle Creek, Mich., to [A.T.] White [Brooklyn?]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. Letter, 1890 Nov. 18 [n.p.] to [A.T.] White [Brooklyn]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Biography collection, 1917-1954. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn White, Annie Jean Lyman. Last will and testament of Annie Jean Lyman White : dated May 19th, 1915. Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf White, Alfred Tredway, 1846-1921. Papers, 1884-1910. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Edward H. Bennett Brooklyn city plan report, 1914 Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn John Jay Chapman additional papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn. Historian's collection of church records, 1790-1985, 1842-1985 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn General information about gifts to Harvard from Alfred Tredway White. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Alfred T. White passport, 1865 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Catholic Church. Book of Hours and Missal : manuscript, [between 1485 and 1490]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Community Service Society. Archives, 1842-1995. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Community Service Society Archives, 1842-1995. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
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associatedWith Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948. person
associatedWith Bennett, Edward H., (Edward Herbert), 1874-1954 person
associatedWith Brooklyn Botanic Garden. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooklyn Committee on City Plan. corporateBody
associatedWith Catholic Church. corporateBody
correspondedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
associatedWith Community Service Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Fields, Annie, 1834-1915. person
associatedWith First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn. corporateBody
associatedWith First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Furman, Gabriel, 1800-1854 person
associatedWith Home Buildings (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Huntington, Edna, 1895-1965 person
associatedWith Lathrop, John Howland, 1880-1967 person
associatedWith Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914. person
associatedWith Riverside Buildings (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Tower Buildings (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith White, Annie Jean Lyman. person
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Rental housing
Working class
Housing
Low-income housing--New York (State)--Kings County--Finance
Tenement houses
Philanthropists--New York (State)--Kings County
Low-income housing--New York (State)--Kings County
Apartment houses
Ferries--New York (State)--Kings County
Low-income housing--New York (State)--Kings County--Accounting
Yellow fever--New York (State)--Kings County
Labor and laboring classes--dwellings
Public housing--New York (State)--Kings County
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Birth 1846

Death 1921

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