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New Yorkers Turn to the City’s Archives to Guide Restorations

January 27, 2010

WPA Photo of 122 Delancey Street in New York CityFrom Preservation Magazine – New Yorkers have always known there is someone who cares about their homes at least as much as they do.

Yes, the tax man.

Which is why, in the late 1930s, city officials used Works Progress Administration funds to hire dozens of unemployed workers to photograph every single building in the city for the Department of Finance. By 1941, those photographers had taken more than 700,000 pictures.

Today the tax photographs, mainly housed in the city’s Municipal Archives in Lower Manhattan, are a godsend to homeowners seeking to…please read the rest of Jodi Liss’ story here.

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