When True Colors Residence in Harlem opened in 2008, it was just the beginning for the True Colors legacy. The goal of West End Residences is to provide supportive housing for formerly homeless LGBT youth in all five NYC boroughs which was significantly furthered when True Colors Bronx (TCBx) opened in 2015. Tying into the context of the adjacent 1920s apartment buildings to the north and south, the base of TCBx follows the line of the street while the upper floors set-back in a rhythm similar to the building to the south. The brick pattern is a modern version of the expressive detailing throughout the neighborhood including a masonry screen, accent color brick corners and projecting bands of brick throughout the upper floors.
Located adjacent to the elevated 4 train, but set away from Jerome Avenue along service road Parkview Terrace and across from Lehman College, TCBx’s upper floors are afforded both dynamic and passive views. The rear yard is designed with a variety of scale of spaces for a broad range of activities. Large boulders discovered in the construction phase were salvaged, sited and designed around providing natural lounging or climbing elements.
The building provides group activity space, library, support spaces and offices on the lower two floors and 30 efficiency apartment units on the upper floors. The program provides independent permanent housing to formerly homeless LGBT youths, many of whom are supporting themselves for the first time. Each unit has a full bathroom and kitchenette, and all residents pay rent and are responsible for utilities.
TCBx received a Silver Brick in Architecture Award from the Brick Industry Association in 2016.