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Still functioning as apartments today, these apartment buildings were finished in 1951. The architect went by the name of Vertner Tandy. The building was named for Dr. Walter Ivery Delph - a prominent doctor in Harlem and a large investor in reality. His concern was the low-end housing available for the poor socioeconomic society in the area, which consisted of a large African American population.


With Dr. Walter Ivey Delph on board with the project, the government decided to help build this apartment complex. This was significant because these apartments would be "the first large-scale project by and for African Americans in New York backed by a Federal Housing Administration (FHA)." There had never been a housing development for a certain race let alone African Americans. This was also the first time an African American, Vertner Tandy, was granted an architect license in New York, making this apartment complex a significant achievement for the African American community at the time. 

Today, the apartment building looks the same as others in the area with no distinct markers, but it does hold a lot of history even though there is nothing to mark it. People can drive down the historic district to see the building still standing.

"Ivey Delph Apartments." National Park Service. Accessed Web, 5/27/17. https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/afam/2005/ivey.htm.