Architect: John McComb, Jr.
American founding father Alexander Hamilton commissioned architect John McComb Jr. to design this Federal style country home for Hamilton's 32-acre upper Manhattan estate. The house was completed in 1802 and named "The Grange" but Hamilton only lived here for two years before being gunned down in a duel with political rival Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804.
The original location of the house was at the current 237 West 143rd Street. In 1889, it was moved four blocks west to a cramped location at 287 Convent Avenue between St. Luke's Episocpal Church and a six-story apartment building. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960 and Congress authorized its designation as a National Memorial on April 27, 1962. However, local opposition to moving the home out of the neighborhood prevented its relocation to a more appropriate spot. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
In June of 2008 the house was moved to a new spot on the northwest corner of St. Nicholas Park and restored to something resembling its original beauty. The move was an event in itself, with the house having to be lifted over the loggia of the church to Convent Avenue, then rolled a block over to 141st Street and down a 6% grade hill to it's new home in the park below.
NY Times article on the move
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