Thursday, February 25, 2010

☞ ARCHITECTURE: The Nicholas Benziger House

The Bailey Mansion might be the flashiest free standing mansion on Sugar Hill but the more modest neighbor just around the corner is also a standout of its own. The Benziger House at 345 Edgecombe Avenue was the built on a bluff overlooking untouched country sides and the Harlem River in 1890 and still looks today as it did over a century ago. The property was the country estate of Nicholas Benzinger who was a prominent publisher of religious books and articles of the time. Designed by German architect William Schickel, the Benziger House has a distinct clay-tiled mansard roof, striking dormers and vibrant yellow brickwork. The property was made an official New York City landmark back in 1999 and was restored by the non-profit organization Broadway Housing Development Fund which now uses it as permanent housing for the formerly homeless. The Benziger House is located close to the corner of Edgcombe and 150th Street with the closest subways at the A,B,C,D at 145th. Photos by Ulysess

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