Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
We had not checked up on the landmark townhouse at 449 Convent Avenue for some time now and was surprised to see its present condition. The above photo was taken of the block just north of 149th Street from last November and shows the burnt out shell. A fire had severely damaged the SRO townhouse several years back and braces were holding up the building until it could be restored. So what does the building look like today? Current photo after the jump.
Walking by this section of Hamilton Heights in the past week, we noticed brand new chain link fences set up and expected the worse. It now appears that there was an emergency demolition that took place a couple of months back since the property was so unstable. The big question now is how a building like this could have been saved from "demolition by neglect" since it was an official city landmark.