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Audubon Park Historic District

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3SUMMARYThe Audubon Park Historic District, located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, is a cohesive landscape of 19 large apartment houses and one free-standing duplex house indicative of the area’s transformation in the early 20th century into a densely developed residential neighborhood. The boundaries of the historic district encompass all or part of five blocks extending from West 155th Street to West 158th Street, from Broadway and Edward M. Morgan Place to Riverside Drive West. The district complements the Audubon Terrace Historic District that adjoins it to the southeast. Audubon Park is named for John James Audubon (1785-1851), the famous naturalist and illustrator of birds, who purchased the picturesque estate overlooking the Hudson River in 1841, shortly after publishing what would be his most famous work, Birds in America. Washington Heights was still largely secluded at the time, comprised primarily of farms and woodlands, and the location of country estates for a succession of wealthy families starting in the late 18thcentury. The roughly 20-acre estate came to be known as Audubon Park in the 1860s when Audubon’s widow began selling off parcels of the estate for the development of free-standing single family homes.

Source: Landmarks Preservation Commission

Community Sites & Attractions: Historic

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