- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: The Monacelli Press; 1st Edition edition (December 3, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580930700
- ISBN-13: 978-1580930703
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
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Harlem: Lost and Found Hardcover – December 3, 2001
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"For [Adams], the author of ... Herlem, Lost and Found, keeping that history fresh is a priority."
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Like the 1920s Harlem described by Lincoln Kirstein as possessing "in its shadows the only authentic elegance in America," Harlem at the turn of the twenty-first century is again a dynamic neighborhood. Long identified with African-American style and culture, it is also a pillar of New Yorks social and architectural history. In this beautifully illustrated study, historian Michael Henry Adams presents an evocative portrait of the various and divergent Harlems of yesteryear, from the Native American settlements discovered by the Dutch in the seventeenth century to the vibrant community of present-day preservationists.
Adams discusses distinct building styles and periods that parallel the growth of New York City and, in fact, the United States. In the late 1600s, Dutch farmhouses coexisted with Native American longhouses in colonial Nieuw Haarlem. By the mid-eighteenth century and later, mansions and country villas arose on large tracts of land. Particularly notable for presaging national enthusiasm for a revival of classicism are the neo-Palladian Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest residential structure in Manhattan (today restored and listed on the National Historic Register), and the Grange of founding father Alexander Hamilton. The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the growth of both thoughtfully planned row houses, such as the West 138th and 139th Street residences today known as Strivers Row, and handsome apartment buildings.
In addition to the legacy of residential architecture, the author examines a number of other building typesschools, industrial facilities, stores, churches. Harlems spectrum of designers ranges from the well knownMcKim, Mead & White, responsible for part of Strivers Row; George B. Post & Sons, architects of the monumental Shepard Hall at the City College of the City University of New Yorkto practitioners who, though today mostly forgotten, designed much of the urban fabric of Harlem and New York City. Indeed, whether great or anonymous, Adams never forgets the people who designed, built, and utilized Harlems historic structures: hard-working Dutch farm families; patriots George Washington, Alexander Hamilton,
John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson; wealthy Victorian homeowners such as James Anthony Bailey of Barnum & Bailey fame; Madam C. J. Walker, an African-American millionaire who hired New Yorks first certified black architect, Vertner Woodson Tandy, to design her capacious house, now lost; and contemporary preservationist-residents. All have contributed to an extraordinarily rich streetscape that today preserves the best of Harlems past.