New York, NY

The intent of the not-for-profit agency which worked with the City of New York to renovate these 18 abandoned Harlem townhouses was to create well-designed, affordable 2, 3 and 4 family homes which would provide critically needed home ownership opportunities. An additional benefit was to initiate transformation of the blocks on which these housed are located. The program for each building included a duplex or triplex apartment for the homeowner. There are between 1-8 apartments available for rental in each house.

The missing or deteriorated stoops were rebuilt using integrally tinted pre-cast concrete elements. New wood doors were designed for the vestibule and metal cornices were constructed or refinished. The City subsidized the purchase of the building by new homeowners. This construction, as anticipated, spurred the rehabilitation of other blighted structures in these blocks.