Harlem Rooftop Renovation

Purchased in 2013 as an outdated two-family property, Dixon Projects seized the opportunity to convert this Harlem home on West 162nd Street into a spectacular single-family residence. However, challenges arose when the team sought to add rooftop access necessitating a clever solution the Landmarks Preservations Committee (LPC) would approve.


Restoration & Rehabilitation



Approvals & Permitting

Construction & Procurement

New York's First Glass Skybox 

Given that this property is located in the Jumel Terrace Historic District—a historically-rich Manhattan neighborhood decorated with beautiful Belgian brick streets—providing rooftop views of the area was paramount. However, given the exquisite antiquity of this district, rooftop renovations must adhere to rigid city guidelines. When the initial proposal for a luxury rooftop penthouse was denied, the Dixon Projects team had to think outside the box.

A clever solution to add a skybox, a product originated in the UK, was not only immediately approved by the LPC at staff level, but also by the Department of Buildings citywide. This Harlem skybox became the first ever in New York and the second in the U.S. What appears to be a standard skylight, is actually a fully-operable enclosure that provides convenient rooftop access. Skyboxes allow the addition of both amenity and coveted space to historic homes that previously did not permit traditional rooftop features.

Restored decorative fireplace mantel
Open concept living room

Preserving Architectural Details

Inside, the team’s renovation concentrated on the preservation of existing architectural details including, doors, stairs, fireplaces, windows, casings, and cornices; all of which were restored to perfection. Bold black finishes brought these salvaged historic details into the 21st Century. The bright white kitchen contrasts perfectly against surrounding black elements and gleaming white oak hardwood floors. This kitchen boasts a brand-new appliance package, a massive central island and access to a rear deck overlooking a manicured backyard.

Modern renovated kitchen in Harlem

This five-bedroom home now boasts over 3,500 square feet of living space, complete with massive bedrooms, large custom closets and a fully opening sliding glass NanaWall. The master suite features a striking bathroom flaunting a double vanity, high-quality Carrera marble tiles, radiant heated floors, a separate toilet room and one of Dixon’s largest glass-enclosed showers to date.

Modern renovated kitchen in Harlem

With beginnings rich in dust-covered history, the Dixon Projects team meticulously uncovered and preserved a plethora of this home’s historic architectural details while adding modern amenities like a rooftop deck and state-of-the-art kitchen.