|113-02 175th St, Courtesy of LPC|
|Sayres Ave rowhouses, Courtesy of LPC|
In the 1940s, prominent African American 20th-century figures including jazz musicians and sports champions began to make their home in Addisleigh Park. If you took a leisurely walk, you may have crossed paths with legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Jackie Robinson, Percy Sutton, Milt Hinton, Roy Campanella, Illinois Jacquet, Lena Horne, W.E.B. DuBois, James Brown, Thomas "Fats" Waller, and Joe Louis.
The area consists of Tudor and Colonial Revival, and Arts & Crafts freestanding homes with neatly landscaped lawns and mature tree-lined streets, rowhouses, the St. Albans Park, and places of worship. It is hard to grasp that homes were only available to whites when a number of properties were first developed circa 1910 - 1930s. This relates to the unrevised Forest Hills Gardens' Restrictive Covenants, which initially banned Jews and African Americans.
The collection of 10 designated Historic Districts in Queens, serves as a case study of potential Historic Districts in Forest Hills, Rego Park, and other deserving Queens neighborhoods. These are Queens designation reports to date: http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/forms/reports_queens.shtml
For more information on the history, architecture, and clever urban planning of the must-visit Addisleigh Park Historic District, check out the LPC's press release announcing the new designation: http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/press/11-02_african_american_sites_landmarked.pdf
This is a PowerPoint presentation from the LPC's Public Hearing, featuring a smorgasbord of historic homes, notables, and a proposed boundary map: http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/ppt/addisleigh_hearing_ppt.pdf
The LPC's 374-page Designation Report: http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/2405.pdf
A history courtesy of the Addisleigh Park Civic Association: http://www.addisleighpark.org/id15.html
|115-14 179th St, Courtesy of LPC|
|173-07 Murdock Ave, Courtesy of LPC|
|174-11 Murdock Ave to 113-10 175th St, Courtesy of LPC|
|176-15 Murdock Ave, Courtesy of LPC|
|The Count Basie House, 174-27 Adelaide Rd, Courtesy of LPC|
|114-37 178th Place, Courtesy of LPC|