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Harlem’s Alexander Hamilton house reopens to the public

September 15, 2011 11:52AM

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Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s yellow villa in Harlem will open to the public Saturday after massive restoration work by the National Park Service, the Wall Street Journal reported. Hamilton’s historic home, which had previously loomed over Covent Avenue, was moved to St. Nicholas Park in 2008 (see video above), its current home, while the work was being done. Back in 1889, during the height of the Harlem construction boom, the home was salvaged from the wrecking ball of a developer by Hamilton and relocated to a spot next to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. An exhibition by the National Park Service features objects from those historic rooms: a dainty, London-made square piano, reproductions of the silver-plated wine cooler sent to him by former President George Washington and the roll-top desk in his little study. [WSJ]

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