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Victorian Row Landmark


de Meuron and Smith


On the east side of Malcolm X Blvd. from W. 120th to W. 123rd Streets




mansard roofs, classical architectural elements and a hint of Dutch design influence
Near St. Martin's Episcopal Church at West 122nd Street, it is remarkable how the uniform design of the facades still lends a rhythm and scale to the street. The addresses are...

200 to 218 Malcolm X Boulevard
With mansard roofs, classical architectural elements and a hint of Dutch design influence, this series of townhouses by the firm of de Meuron and Smith in 1888 recalls the late 19th-century residential character of the Boulevard. The interiors of such houses were usually as grand if not more so than the exteriors, with carved wood balusters and heavy paneling on the formal floors, well designed built-in storage on each floor, and gracious gardens at the rear.

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220-228 Malcolm X Boulevard
These structures amazingly still have their original stoops, bearing witness to the majesty of the Boulevard at the turn of the century. The formality of the entrance functions as a strong design element along a wide street such as this. It also serves as a means of establishing a hierarchy of private versus public space and classifying those who enter the home by social level, servants versus family and friends. The service entrance is located beneath the stair landing, hence the term "upstairs, downstairs."

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240-248 Malcolm X Boulevard
These five beautiful Victorian rowhouses are a perfect example of what a difference careful renovation can make in the appearance of the street. The building on the corner has been lovingly restored; the four adjacent buildings going north on Malcolm X Blvd. are of identical design, but survive in varying degrees of disrepair. However, they serve as a record of each other's missing elements. For example, by studying all five, one notices that the front of the restored corner version is missing an original bay window but has had the cast iron cresting detail replaced on the roof edge.

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