11-14 Mount Morris Park West

11-14 Mount Morris Park West is one of Harlem’s best rows, designed in 1889 by James E. Ware in a massive Richardsonian-inspired style that includes a turret-like bay on the corner dwelling and stonework and steep gables throughout.

Ware is best known for inventing the “dumbbell plan” for New York tenements, which allows light into the interior of an apartment building by way of an H-shaped plan.  His best-known work is probably the magnificently rusticated Osborne Apartments, which stand on West 57th Street adjacent to Carnegie Hall.  He also designed a large portion of the famed Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY.

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