The Architecture of


Originally a Dutch farming community—miles from New York’s population center—Harlem grew into an architecturally rich community at the turn of the 20th century with the coming of the subway. This tour begins at the top of Hamilton Heights and wends its way to the Harlem plain, examining along the route country estates, tenements, middle-class townhouses, collegiate buildings, and a tremendous variety of church design. Architects whose work we see include Stanford White, George B. Post, Vertner Tandy (America’s first accredited black architect), William Renwick, John McComb, Jr., R.H. Robertson, Bruce Price, Charles W. Bolton, George W. Foster, and Charles McKim.


This tour lasts approximately two hours and costs a flat fee of $100 for groups of 1-4 people. For parties larger than 4 people, the cost is $25 per person. Please inquire about discounts for student groups or parties larger than 10 people.

To contact us about booking this tour please use our
online booking form (preferred) or call (toll-free) 1-877-572-9719

Private Walking Tours of New York City

Tour stops include*

The Hamilton Heights historic district

Hamilton Grange (Alexander Hamilton’s 1802 home)

City College

St. Nicholas Park

The King Model Houses (aka “Striver’s Row”)

Abyssinian Baptist Church

AME Zion Church

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Harlem YMCA

St. Philip’s Church

sites associated with Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and other greats of the Harlem Renaissance

In addition, the tour features a number of historic photographs that help trace its development from farmland to thriving center of African-American culture.

* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change