“Architects of Black Harlem” by Thandi Nyambose addresses a gap in most architectural histories. The neighborhood is well known for its Black residents but not as much for the Black architects who helped create it. If you prefer her work in a more visual (and perhaps more visceral) form, here’s the Story Map. Either way, a worthwhile and fascinating read.
The photo above is the front facade of the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on West 137th Street, designed by George Washington Foster. But this blog is about buildings, so here’s a view during construction, showing scaffold for erecting the exterior walls and the steel framing of the wrap-around balcony: