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Urban Umbrella's high-design scaffolding comes to Harlem

June 24, 2019


Urban Umbrella, the industry-disrupting scaffolding company that began prettifying New York sidewalks in 2017, has finally made its way up to Harlem.



Its signature white scaffolding–resembling a series of Art Nouveau umbrellas–recently went up around the Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church at 2365 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 127th Street.



The first new sidewalk shed design in half a century, Urban Umbrella's structure eliminates traditional cross bracing that blocks street-level windows, while also offering a clear resin roof and stylish, halo-like LED lights.



The company's simple white parapet and graceful arches are the perfect complement to the Harlem church's neo-Classical cornice; the building was once a branch of the Provident Loan Society designed by Renwick, Aspinwall & Tucker in 1912.


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