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Inwood enclave of early 20th-century homes is NYC’s newest historic district

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The new historic district features 15 two-story homes that date back to the 1920s and 1930s

Things are set to change in Inwood after the “last affordable neighborhood” in Manhattan was recently rezoned, but for what it’s worth, some things will remain the same. In this case, it’s the Park Terrace West-West 217th Street, which has just been designated a historic district by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).

The Park Terrace West-West 217th Street Historic District is an enclave comprised of 15 two-story houses—many designed by architects Moore & Landsiedel, Louis Kurtz, C. G. de Neergaard, and A. H. Zacharius—between 1920 and 1935. The houses are a break from the neighborhood’s low-rise buildings and were designed largely in “eclectic revival styles,” relying on landscaped gardens that the LPC says “accentuate the area’s topography.”

“These fifteen buildings, with their charming Craftsman-style details, form a matched set in a style rarely seen in the rest of the borough,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

The houses are “remarkably well-preserved” and have managed to retain most of their original materials and designs.