NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A remarkable Queens neighborhood that once barred people of color but became the home to many famed African Americans of the 20th century has been designated as an historic district.

The Landmarks Commission designated Addisleigh Park as a historic district this past week, giving its Tudor and colonial revival houses a much deserved protection.

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The 420 buildings in Southeast Queens near St. Albans were built between 1910 and 1930.

The neighborhood also served as the home to many famous African Americans.

“Fats Waller. Count Basie. Milt Hinton, known as “The Judge,” who was a great jazz bassist,” Landmarks Chairman Bob Tierney said.

There’s also Brook Benton, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne among the neighborhood’s past residents.

Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Roy Campanella also lived in the newly official historic Addisleigh Park.

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