The Irene Kaufman Settlement House (IKS) on Centre Avenue was the heart of many activities for new Americans and residents of the Hill District. Health was a major concern for immigrants in a new land. They went to the settlement house to get vaccinations, medicine, milk, have their height and weight checked, and advice on where to get help for illnesses. They also went there for concerts, classes and clubs – art, music, dance, theater, sports, swimming.
The IKS held classes to teach the new immigrants how to improve their English and how to become citizens. It provided a place to socialize and helped people adapt to their new American lives.
The Irene Kaufmann Settlement was a beautiful building that the Kaufmann family built in memory of their daughter Irene. When the organization moved to Squirrel Hill, it was called the Irene Kaufmann Center (IKC), and today it is known as the Jewish Community Center (JCC). The actual building is still on Centre Avenue. It serves the community as the Hill House Association.
Fine Art, Giclee Print on Canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Each painting is custom made as orders are received. They arrive ready to hang.
The original painting of this print has been sold. Original media: Acrylic on Canvas, original size 30″ x 40″.
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Rochelle captures the power and joy that the Irene Kaufman Building brought to the Hill district
I played there with my sister.