Designated June 27, 2000
Extended October 23, 2001
Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District consists of 185 buildings and extension consists of fifteen buildings, built between 1885 and 1909. Development in the area happened between the mid-1880s and the First World War. The earliest building in the district is 8 St. Nicholas Place built in the Queen Anne-style in 1885. Other styles include French, Renaissance, and Romanesque Revival. There is a mix of building types including town houses, apartment buildings and row houses.
Sugar Hill achieved its greatest fame during the 1930s and 1940s when a large number of black professionals, active in law, business, medicine and the arts, took residence here.
*Excerpt from the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill LPC Designation Report & Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Extension LPC Designation Report
STATUS Designated Historic District
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society