A building divided into tenements, or apartments, now specif. one in the slums that is run-down, overcrowded, etc.
An apartment building, especially a dilapidated low-rent building that meets, at best, minimal conditions of sanitation and safety.
Tenement-house Sentence Examples
The birthplace of Longfellow is now a tenement house.
Cornelius Vanderbilt was for several years the proprietor of the Bellona Hotel of New Brunswick, now a tenement house.
There are few or no large congested tenement-house districts; most of the wage-earners own their own homes or rent cottages.
He was one of the founders of the Free Art League, of the International Copyright League, and of the Authors' Club; was chairman of the New York Tenement House Commission in 18 9 4; and was a prominent member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, of the Council of the National Civil Service Reform League, and of the executive committee of the Citizens' Union of New York City.
A very large proportion of the inhabitants of Detroit own their homes: there are no large congested tenement-house districts; and many streets in various parts of the city are faced with rows of low and humble cottages often having a garden plot in front.