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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory — Asch Building — 23-29 Washington Pl, NY, NY 10003

Building where the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occured on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Now known as the New York University Brown Building of Science. The factory made vastly popular women's shirtwaists, a type of tailored blouse. Hours were long. Pay was low. Conditions were difficult.

Map location of the Asch Building.  Site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Factory owners Isaac Harris (hands clasped) and Max Blanck (right of Harris), pose with workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.

Workers crowd into limited space to make shirts.

Firefighters battle the blaze at the Asch Building, home of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.

While firefighters fight the flames, water from the fire hoses cascades over the bodies that lay strewn along the sidewalk.

Firemen worked through the night to find and remove the bodies of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire.

Firefighters and police scramble to find enough coffins into which they can place the dead.

A fireman stands by a window amid the burnt debris of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory.

The heat of the fire and the weight of the workers were too much for the fire escape. Workers fell six stories to their death.

Today the Asch building is owned by New York University and is called the Brown Building of Science


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