Participate In The Dizzy, Cecil, And Minton’s Building Designation In Harlem Public Hearing

June 5, 2023

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing on the proposed designation of the 935 St. Nicholas Avenue Building in Harlem.

The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Residence, and Hotel Cecil and Minton’s Playhouse Building as individual landmarks.  

The 935 St. Nicholas Avenue Building

The 935 St. Nicholas Avenue Building in Harlem, New York, is a Gothic Revival-style brick and limestone apartment building designed by Gronenberg & Leuchtag in 1915 in Washington Heights.

Along with its significant architectural character, the building is culturally significant as the longtime residence of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington and Noble Lee Sissle, two pioneers of jazz music who were among the most prolific composers, musicians, and bandleaders in American history.

The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Residence

The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Residence, 105-19 37th Avenue in Corona, Queens was home to the legendary jazz trumpeter from 1953 until c. 1965, at the height of his influential career. It is located around the corner from the designated home of Louis Armstrong, who moved there in 1943. At the time the two luminaries lived in close proximity, Corona was home to many African American residents, including other notable musicians.  

The Hotel Cecil & Minton’s Playhouse Building

The Hotel Cecil & Minton’s Playhouse Building, 206 West 118th Street in Harlem was home to the legendary Minton’s Playhouse, famous for three decades of presenting important house bands, star headliners, and informal jam sessions, and where the pivotal jazz style known as bebop took shape in the 1940s, transforming the history of American music. 

Public hearings provide an opportunity for the public to testify before the Commission on proposed landmark designations.

Written testimony is also accepted. The next step will be a public meeting during which the Commission will vote on the designation.  

The hearing will be live-streamed on the agency’s YouTube channel here.

For more information on LPC virtual public hearings and how to participate, see our hearings page 

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