Almshouses

Buildings housing locally administered public or private institutions for care of the homeless, disabled, and elderly without means; often operated in conjunction with a farm. For earlier buildings where the disabled, elderly poor, or vagrants were confined for reform and work, use "workhouses (buildings)." For places established solely for the distribution of alms, use "almonries (buildings).".

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3031
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almshouses
almshouse
alms houses
alms-houses
poor farms
poorhouses
armenhuizen Dutch
armenhuis Dutch
hospicios Spanish
hospicio Spanish
casa de beneficiencia Spanish
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Buildings housing locally administered public or private institutions for care of the homeless, disabled, and elderly without means; often operated in conjunction with a farm. For earlier buildings where the disabled, elderly poor, or vagrants were confined for reform and work, use "workhouses (buildings)." For places established solely for the distribution of alms, use "almonries (buildings)."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300006745. The J. Paul Getty Trust.