Architecture as Identity: Harlem’s Colonial-Inspired Style

Harlem’s “Colonial”-inspired architecture served as a stage set and endorsement of a “modern” black presence. In this engaging lecture, architect and historian John Reddick explores the influence of colonial design in Harlem’s early modern architecture from the 1920s through the 1940s. Reddick discusses how Harlem’s early twentieth-century designs, like the Roger Morris Apartments, the Colonial Park & Pool, and Vertner Tandy’s “Dark Tower,” served as not only a backdrop to the Jazz Age, but as a tool for elevating class and status within the Black community.

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