Leaking Ceiling in Bedroom
Original Author: Unknown
Created: 1904
Medium: Printed photograph

Leaking Ceiling in Bedroom

Makeshift boards are hammered into the ceiling to prevent water from leaking onto the bed of an Italian immigrant in Philadelphia. This is one in a series of photographs that illustrates Emily W. Dinwiddie's Housing Conditions in Philadelphia (1904), a study conducted under the direction of the Octavia Hill Association, a private organization devoted to improving housing conditions for the poor. In her forty-two page publication, Dinwiddie pointed out the lack of proper ventilation and sanitation in dwellings for Philadelphia's poorest residents.

Citation: Housing Conditions in Philadelphia. F221 v.421. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.