Conclusions and findings for project.

Conclusions to the question "What was life like in Snow's Court during 1880 and 1910?":

Living Conditions

Most of the residents were black and over the span of time there was an even distribution of men, women and children over 16.

The households were very cramped quarters. From the 1900 census data, there was an average of 5.3 persons per household and from what I could determine, the house sizes ranged from about 400 square feet to just over 700 square feet. The small living spaces could only have been made worse from the fact that these alley houses were constructed without heat, or water connections and most of them did not have sewage drains.

From the various health surveys, one can see a possible relationship between the health concerns in alleys and the physical living conditions.

Structural Change

The alley changed greatly over the period, especially up to 1887. The once large lots were divided into much smaller lots of land. By 1890, 30 alley dwellings had been constructed as well. When you consider the 1900 census data, which states that there were 41 households occupied, you can possibly conclude that this was a time of rapid growth in the alley.

What's Missing?

Throughout my research, I could not find first hand information from a resident of Snow's Court. Even though some surveyors lived temporarily in various alley communities, the story of the resident and their everyday life does not seem represented.