10 Pre-War Apartment House Gems of Washington Heights NYC | Untapped Cities

by jeff reuben

The White House - Washington Heights

The White House – Washington Heights

Although often overlooked, Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan, contains one of New York City’s great concentrations of pre-war apartment house buildings, including many that retain much of their original architectural grandeur.

The pre-war apartment house, one of the mainstays of New York City architecture, is strongly associated with certain Manhattan neighborhoods, including the Upper East and West Sides, Morningside Heights, and various enclaves south of 59th Street.  However, Washington Heights, perhaps more than any neighborhood, is architecturally defined by the pre-war apartment house.

Pre-war buildings are celebrated for their spacious apartments, thick walls, high ceilings, and architectural detailing. Pre-wars are usually thought of as the large, mid-rise buildings with elevators that were built for middle class or wealthy tenants prior to World War II. As such, the term pre-war is not typically applied to rowhouses or walk-up tenements also built before the war.

While the oldest pre-war buildings in New York date from the nineteenth century, it was not until the early 1900s, with changes in taste and building technology that this type of building was built widely. This also coincided with the opening of the subway system, which greatly reduced travel times across the City, making outlying areas attractive for new development.

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3 Responses to “10 Pre-War Apartment House Gems of Washington Heights NYC | Untapped Cities”

  1. Martha Garvey says:

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  2. dominican says:

    Fuck ouuta here ma nigga stay back in downtown yo over here tryna take our shit our history our community ya white niggas better stay in downtown or else is gonna be like 1992 all over again but worst i promise. fuck gentrification. im not racist but when some comes and takes over your home thats disrespectful.

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