555 Edgecombe Avenue

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Paul Robeson Residence
Location 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York[1]
Coordinates 40°50′3.7″N 73°56′20.3″W / 40.834361°N 73.938972°W / 40.834361; -73.938972Coordinates: 40°50′3.7″N 73°56′20.3″W / 40.834361°N 73.938972°W / 40.834361; -73.938972
Built 1916[2]
Architect Schwartz & Gross[3]
Architectural style Beaux Arts
NRHP Reference # 76001248
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 8, 1976[4]
Designated NHL December 8, 1976[5]

The Paul Robeson Residence (also known as the Roger Morris building and by its street address of 555 Edgecombe Avenue) is a National Historic Landmarked building, located at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan in New York, United States.

For the first 25 years of its existence, this building was restricted to only white tenants.[1] Around 1940, as the racial characteristics of the neighborhood changed, this rule changed and this building became well known for its famous African-American residents, including the musician Count Basie, boxer Joe Louis,[2] and the actor Paul Robeson.[3] Robeson lived here from 1939 to 1941.

After his death in 1976, the building was landmarked in his honor.[6][7]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[6][6][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Harris, Bill; One Thousand New York Buildings, 1st Edition; Black Dog and Leventhal. 2002. ISBN 1-57912-443-7; p.387.
  2. ^ a b White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot; AIA Guide to New York City, 4th Edition; New York Chapter, American Institute of Architects; Crown Publishers/Random House. 2000. ISBN 0-8129-3107-6. p.524.
  3. ^ a b Dolkart, Andrew S. & Postal, Matthew A.; Guide to New York City Landmarks, 3rd Edition; New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004. ISBN 0-471-36900-4; p.211.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Paul Robeson Residence". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-18. 
  6. ^ a b c Gomez, Lynn (2012-01-16). "National Register of Historical Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Paul Robeson Residence". United States Department of the Interior: National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  7. ^ NPS Civil Rights
  8. ^ Paul Robeson Residence Accompanying 3 photos, exterior, from 1976.[dead link]