Our theme this year is Old Places, New Spaces. Since the first house tour some 25+ years ago, Harlem in general and the Mount Morris Park area in particular have seen both thoughtful new builds and the restoration of iconic neighborhood treasures. This tour will take you inside some of each − from cutting-edge contemporaries and creative updates to classic elegance that retains the glamour of a bygone era and eclectic combinations that meld bits of all the best. In short, the places and spaces that we call home.
Sunday, June 14, 11 AM-4 PM.
11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the “Old Places, New Spaces” Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Visit more than 10 venues including a marvelous mansion in mid-restoration, brownstone homes in a range of styles with period details, live-work spaces, a luxury high garden, home as gallery showcasing how culture and neighborhood resonate, inside-the-walls peeks at works in progress, and opportunities to talk with small business owners who have turned their spaces into unique environments reflecting their own history and their embrace of Harlem.
11 AM and 3 PM: Join renowned historian Michael Henry Adams on a Restaurant Stroll down Lenox Ave for a guided tour and tasting of Historic Harlem at five great Mount Morris Park restaurants. You’ll be introduced to restaurant proprietors and chefs and you’ll sample a feast of food and drinks selected especially for you! Stops include Harlem Shake, Boulevard Bistro, Cheri, Barawine and Settepani. Spots are limited. Price includes ticket to self-guided house tour.
12:30 PM and 4 PM : Join John Reddick, Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar for a tour exploring Harlem’s Black & Jewish Music Culture 1890-1930. The neighborhood of Mt Morris Park and the theaters of 125th Street served as home and training ground to Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Bessie Smith, Sophie Tucker and many others. Come see where they lived, performed, prayed and played!! The tour also includes a viewing with Mr Reddick of his exhibition of historic Black and Jewish sheet music and memorabilia at Settepani Restaurant along with a 25% coupon discount for tour participants to dine at Settepani that day or on a return visit. Spots are limited. Price does not include ticket to self-guided house tour.
2 PM: Join the Marcus Garvey Park Fire Watchtower Walking Tour and follow preservation architect Angel Ayón to the top of the acropolis. Learn about the current restoration of the 158-year old cast iron tower and future plans for this beloved mountaintop location. A neighborhood grassroots campaign led by MMPCIA and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance helped secure funding for the watchtower’s restoration and continues with community visioning sessions for revitalizing the acropolis. This tour is included in the Self-Guided Tour ticket.
Shine or Rain—Everything begins at the Tour Start:
The Pelham Fritz Community Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West (aka Fifth Avenue) and West 122 Street.
Here you can buy tickets, pick up tickets reserved in advance, check out the souvenirs, and meet the the Walking Tour Guides.
WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE AFTERNOON. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
How to get here: Subways: A, B, C, D, 2, 3, and 4, 5, & 6 to 125th Street. Buses: M1, M7 and M102.