Tuesday, November 17, 2009

☞ WALK: Hamilton Grange is Coming Along

The Friends of St. Nicholas Park blog has been covering Hamilton Grange's move form Convent Avenue to the north border of the park. We walked by yesterday and snapped a shot of the building as workers started to landscape the grounds and finish off the front facade of Alexander Hamilton's former home(top photo). For those who weren't around a year ago, the grange was moved from its location between two buildings on Convent Avenue, right below West 142nd Street, to the more open space of the St. Nicholas Park a block south. The lower photo is the house in 1913, on its second location after it was moved from the west side of the avenue in a previous decade. Notice the right side (correct) entrance was totally blocked off and in the new location, the porch has been reconstructed. On a final note, let's hope they plant some large trees as a backdrop to soften the contrast of the more modern building at the corner. Read more about the move on the Friends of St. Nicholas Park site: LINK. To see a print of the the original location and a more current photo of the 2nd spot, check out our previous post: LINK. The closest subway is the 1 train at 137th Street or the A,B,C,D at 145th Street. Top photo by Ulysses. Archival shot by NYPL.

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