Since construction was completed on the first of Lenox Terrace’s six residential buildings in 1958, Lenox Terrace has been home to a who’s who of local and national politicians, entertainers, and businesspeople, who value the community’s commitment to, as the Times put it, “respectability without sterility and security without conformity.”
Today, the Lenox Terrace community is more vibrant than ever. The property’s six square city blocks offer a landscaped oasis within the bustle of Harlem’s fast changing landscape. Children can be found playing in the property’s private playground, while neighbors stop to enjoy a chat along its numerous park benches or within its flower garden. In many ways, Lenox Terrace is a quiet oasis, in the heart of the metropolis.
Residents of “The Terrace” are legendary, ranging from gangster “Bumpy” Johnson to writer Albert Murray, from whose Lenox Avenue terrace his artist friend Romare Bearden was inspired to create the collage series, “The Block.”
Albert Murray (L) and
Romare Bearden (R)
on Murray’s terrace, 1981.
The Block, 1971
Lenox Terrace @50
Lenox Terrace, 1957
Architect: S. J. Kessler & Sons
Source information from rememembrances of the Harlem community at its fiftieth anniversary…Harlem historical realestate LenoxTerrace Olnick