St. Nicholas Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Strivers' Row

ARCHITECT: James Brown Lord; McKim, Mead & White

DATE: 1891-93

STYLE: Neo-Georgian, Italian Renaissance Revival

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Designated March 16, 1967

Developer David H. King, Jr. (whose famous projects included the base of the Statue of Liberty and Stanford White’s Madison Square Garden) had a series of elegant row houses built on the heights overlooking St. Nicholas Park between 1891 and 1893. James Brown Lord designed red brick houses in the Neo-Georgian style, and McKim, Mead & White were responsible for the Italian Renaissance Revival homes in dark brown mottled brick. The area became known as “Striver’s Row” in 1920s and 30s for the ambitious, talented African-Americans who moved here including famed musicians Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, Fletcher Henderson and W.C. Handy.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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