Accidental Harlem

Dwell has an article in the March 11 issue about architect Bill Ryall who moved to Harlem 20 years ago at the height of the crack epidemic. Ryall bought an 1889 Queen Anne row house on West 118th Street for $42,000. To give the house the airy feel of a loft,

He moved the stairs to the house’s center, “so you experience the full length of the space when you come in,” left the bricks and beams exposed, and finished most floors in painted wood. The entire house—including a basement-level rental apartment—was renovated for $300,000.

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Photo by: Jake Stangel