The Real Deal New York

Landmarks to preserve hundreds more Harlem buildings

250 row houses and 12 apartment buildings now a part of Mount Morris Park Historic District

September 24, 2015 10:45AM

Meenakshi Srinivasan

From left: Meenakshi Srinivasan and Mount Morris Park brownstones

The city greatly expanded the Mount Morris Historic District, made famous during the Harlem Renaissance.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled Tuesday to grant protected status to 250 row houses and 12 apartment buildings in Harlem to the Mount Morris Park Historic District.

The buildings, six blocks west of the existing historic district in Central Harlem, were built around a century ago, all by the same developers. A local group called the Mount Morris Community Improvement Association, along with Community Board 10, pushed for three years for the change, DNAinfo reported.

Mount Morris Park, bounded by West 118th and West 124th Streets, Fifth Avenue and Adam Claton Powell Jr. Boulevard, was designated a historic district in 1971.

Any alterations, construction or demolition to the buildings must receive approval from the commission.

“I think the district and the extension speaks not only to Harlem’s rich architectural history but also to its extraordinary cultural and social history,” said Meenakshi Srinivasan, the head of the Landmarks Commission. [DNAinfo]Ariel Stulberg