Thursday, January 30, 2014

☞ REMEMBER: The Gatehouse circa 1895

A photo from 1895 shows the Gatehouse as it stood when it was a water pumping station for the Croton water supply system that was the central water source for the city.   Today the notable landmark  at 135th Street and Convent Avenue is an amazing public stage space which debuted back in 2006 after a $21 million renovation.  This area of land on the City College campus used to have a neo-classical Greek stadium nearby for over 70 years until it was torn down to make way for a larger modern building for the local college.  In our opinion having the city build another grand public space within this equally majestic landmark only made sense since Harlem had lost a majority of its historic theaters by the time the 90s rolled around.  Check out what that Greek stadium looked like in our past post: LINK

Archival image courtesy the Museum of the City of New York

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