settlement house


Definition of settlement house

: an institution providing various community services especially to large city populations

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Recent Examples on the Web As a child in the 1950s, Amelia Cooper lived in a multigenerational home in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood that often served as a settlement house for friends of her grandfather, the blues musician Muddy Waters. Washington Post, "A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities," 13 Mar. 2021 Iconic brick Art Deco-style former settlement house by Henry C. Pelton, who also designed Riverside Church. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "The East Village, Home of Punks and Poets: Here’s a Tour," 15 Oct. 2020 African Americans, too, benefited from settlement houses. Andre M. Archie, National Review, "The Power of Bourgeois Norms," 7 Nov. 2019 Richard’s parents met in 1905 at a Henry Street dance; Wald and Lehman attended their wedding, and Louis Abrons later became a major benefactor of the settlement house. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Richard Abrons, Patron of the Henry Street Settlement, Dies at 92," 18 Sep. 2019 In 1895, Jacob Schiff, a prominent banker and Ms. Wald’s lifelong friend and benefactor, bought a large house on Henry Street to serve as the settlement house's headquarters. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "The Mystery of This Dusty Book, Signed by Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt," 23 Aug. 2019 Henry Street, created in response to a growing immigrant population living in squalid conditions, was one of New York’s first settlement houses. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "The Mystery of This Dusty Book, Signed by Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt," 23 Aug. 2019 Euroclear, Europe’s largest stock and bond settlement house, is weighing an IPO or private placement, Reuters reports. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, June 10," 10 June 2019 In Gulu, inequality is soaring, with vast and sparkling private buildings just across the road from settlements housing multiple families. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "On returning to Uganda, Museveni’s staying power and the significance of Bobi Wine," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of settlement house

1907, in the meaning defined above

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17 Mar 2021

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“Settlement house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of settlement house

US : a place or organization that provides various community services to people in a crowded part of a city

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