Historic Preservation / Landmark Preservation Committee

Triangle Waist Factory Fire 1911

March 25, 1911

Fire is more devastating that any type of demolition. Exactly 100 years ago to this day, near closing time, a fire broke out in the Triangle Waist Factory located in Greenwich Village, New York. It claimed the lives of over 146 immigrant workers, predominately women and some as young as 15 years old. Immigrants who had once wished to live the american dream, were to suffer and become literally unrecognizable to their own family members.

This incident is one of the key examples when portraying the inhumane environments factory workers endured before and during the 1900s. It is the pinnacle of horror produced by industrialization and is now a grim memory of the labour movement.

Flames began to appear on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Waist Company, and quickly spread. Survivors and witnesses watched helplessly as leaps of faith were performed from the ninth floor.

This building has significant importance to all kinds of regulations put upon buildings here in New York City and so take some time today to educate yourself on how far we have come – in a day were we can sue a supermarket for slipping on excess water on the floor.

After 100 years, six more victims have finally been identified. And so, a mystery solved and six more souls put to rest. Today, at the centennial commemoration of the fire outside the building in Greenwich Village where the Triangle Waist Company occupied the eighth, ninth and 10th floors, the names of all 146 dead will finally be read.

Learn more about the fire Here.

Remember the Triangle Fire




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