The annex to the Harlem YWCA built in the early 1930s has been demolished. This brings Abyssinian one step closer to renovating the former Renaissance Ballroom on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. between 137th and 138th Street.
As the Renaissance project moves forward, no one has spoken up for the little Y.W.C.A. building on 138th Street, even though the shifting colors of its brick — orange, rust, yellow and purple — seem to warble like a bird’s song.
Built in 1931 and designed by Joannes & Marlow, it is a perfect little gem of side-street architecture, all the more so because there is little in Harlem like it.