Gallery 3 features architecture, in particular the spectacular turn of the 19th century mansions and townhouses of Sugar Hill, which became the residence of famous and wealthy African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance.
Past alumni include W. E. B. Du Bois, Adam Clayton Powerl Jr., Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and other greats. Today, the area is no longer as wealthy nor well-heeled as it used to be, though by the looks of the many white, yuppie couples jogging and promenading in the vicinity, it looks to be on the edge of gentrification.
Here, the Museum of Murals becomes un musée des murs (a museum of walls), and the facades of the various buildings themselves become the centrepiece of the gallery, drawing the viewer’s attention and appraisal.