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Harlem Homes Remodeled As Art Galleries

Harlem’s so-called “Sugar Hill building,” which made headlines in December of last year for its mixed reviews from architects and residents, is hoping to win crowds over with the newest endeavor.

The building, located on West 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, will include 124 apartments, a rooftop farm and a children’s museum, The Grio reports. 

In addition to the housing units, however, residents will be gifted a unique art exhibit. Pieces from more than a dozen individual artists will be put into the soon-to-be filled units as a part of a project called If You Build It.

Some art pieces come from artists such as Wendell Headley, a “New York legend,” says The Grio. Headley’s collection consists of dresses with “bold designs, textures and unexpected lines.”

The If You Build It project was created to “engage in conversations about the history and culture of our wonderful African-American community and the entire African diaspora,” said the Schomburg’s director of programs.

By artist Mequitta Ahuja. A part of the artist’s distinct collage drawing series, Autocartography III portrays an internal struggle charting the subject’s ultimate triumph over herself through various self-portraits.

A piece by artist Mequitta Ahuja. A part of the artist’s distinct collage drawing series, Autocartography III portrays an internal struggle charting the subject’s ultimate triumph over herself through various self-portraits.

If all goes as planned, the project will bring together people of all backgrounds in the Sugar Hill community.