Harlem’s beautiful old courthouse

Any chance this could be part of next year’s Open House New York? Built in 1891 on East 121st Street and Sylvan Place (between Third and Lexington), “Harlem Court House,” as an inscription on the facade calls it, served as a municipal court covering East Harlem until 1961.


It’s a Romanesque Revival gem with Victorian touches, like the pinnacles and gabled roof. Inside are holding cells, a gorgeous marble and iron spiral staircase, and WPA murals, among other treasures, according to the Department of Citywide Services.

The courthouse is now the Harlem Community Justice Center. A virtual tour is offered by the New York Correction History Society.

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One Response to “Harlem’s beautiful old courthouse”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Wow, very cool looking building! Even looks like a jail and you certainly don’t see those anymore. But I know it’s a courthouse, same difference…

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