Tuesday, June 23, 2009

☞ PROTECT: The West 123rd Street Row Houses

The identical triple row houses a 119-123 West 123rd Street, right before Lenox Avenue, are just outside of the Mount Morris Park Historic District. There have been talks about extending the historic district one more avenue over, to Adam Clayton Powell/7th Avenue, but nothing seems to have happened in the past decade to widen the obvious boundaries of the neighborhood. The last two houses on the left are boarded-up shells, and it is unclear if they have been sold or not. The columned porches are gone, and the pointed cresting on the roof no longer exists, but the houses are as handsome as ever. The top photo was taken in the 1930's for the houses have always been a standout on the block. See the following link on how to protect Harlem historic buildings or districts: LINK

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