Workhouses

Buildings that housed places of confinement and labor for paupers, vagrants, and the disabled or elderly poor from the 17th through 19th century in Europe and America. For buildings housing similar institutions intended to provide punishment and reformation of the criminal, use "houses of correction (buildings)." For welfare buildings providing charitable care for the poor, use "almshouses (buildings).".

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workhouses
workhouse
work houses
werkinrichtingen Dutch
werkinrichting Dutch
werkhuis Dutch
werkhuizen Dutch
casa de trabajo Spanish
prisiones correccionales Spanish
prisión correccional Spanish

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Buildings that housed places of confinement and labor for paupers, vagrants, and the disabled or elderly poor from the 17th through 19th century in Europe and America. For buildings housing similar institutions intended to provide punishment and reformation of the criminal, use "houses of correction (buildings)." For welfare buildings providing charitable care for the poor, use "almshouses (buildings)."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300006490. The J. Paul Getty Trust.