Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Also known as: Asch Building, Brown Building
23--29 Washington Pl., New York, New York


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On the afternoon of March 25, 1911, one of the worst industrial disasters in American history took place: Fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, resulting in the deaths of 146 workers, most of them young women. Many suffocated or were burned to death, trapped behind crowds or locked doors; over a third of them leaped to their deaths from the windows of the factory, which occupied the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of this building, out of the reach of the fire department's ladders. The tragedy shocked the Nation and galvanized the labor movement to press for progressive factory legislation; by 1914, 36 new labor laws were on the books in the State of New York. The fire is credited with changing both factory and fire prevention laws throughout the country. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 17, 1991

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1991
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Neo-Renaissance
Areas of significance
Industry; Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year