East Harlem’s Old Trowel & Square Building Renovations

26 East 125th Street between Madison Avenue & Fifth Avenue from L-R, Trowel & Square, Brownstone Boutique, Serengeti Kitchen, Harlem Underground


Being preservationists at heart, we have watched with great interest when the old Trowel & Square building located at 26 East 125th Street in East Harlem was sold in 2015 to a Brooklyn-based investor for just over $7 million. The three-story, brick, iron, and stone building, which was built in 1909, has an extensive and interesting history, from carpet shop to furniture shop – dance hall to finally, a Salvation Army Store.  After the Salvation Army lost its lease, the building remained vacant for a few years, until now.

Image taken in August, 2014

historic ghost signage ‘Trowel & Square Ballroom’  coming down, November 3, 2017
Historic signage  “Trowel & Square Ballroom’ coming down, November 3, 2017

Image taken June 28, 2017

Shed now complete, to cover the new facade currently being built behind the plywood. Image as of June 29, 2017

Interior renovations have been going on for months. The space is currently available for commercial rent.  Property Details in agorafy.com with a rendering of what we might expect, (below), updated just two weeks ago.



agorafy listing as of June, 2017

Below are a few interior images.

Interior as of July 3, 2017
July 3, 2017
26 e 125th st on july 3 2017
July 3, 2017

Scaffolding down, for all to see the new facade on the historic Trowel & Square Building located at 26 East 125th Street.  Images taken on October 27, 2017.

26 east 125th street
Photo taken on October 27, 2017

New Windows on the 2nd and 3rd Floors on December 4, 2017