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St. Nicholas Historic District -Strivers Row

Central Harlem

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The St. Nicholas Historic District, consisting of four rows of houses built by David Hi King, Jr;, appears much the same as it did when it was built, more than 70 years ago, in 1891. Both then and now, it has been a source of pride not only to its own residents, but to all the people living in its vicinity. These houses are a fine example of Nineteenth Century urban design, influenced by English antecedents. The sense of forethought and consideration in land development seen here is much sought after today, and often today's results are not as successful. A high degree of architectural continuity is maintained, while taking into consideration even such problems as house service. This problem is success-fully resolved by the use of a main cross alley extending through the block, from avenue to avenue, with two shorter transverse alleys between the streets. The District, designed by three of the most prominent architectural firms of the day, was one of the most prestigious sections of Harlem and is still considered as such. The fact that these houses have been well maintained through the years is most unusual in New York City. Obviously its reputation as a fashionable area has contributed to the residents' desire to preserve their homes and to their tremendous sense of pride in them.

Source: Landmarks Preservation Commission

Central Harlem

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