My mother grew up in Irvington. My grandparents lived there from the 1930s. I lived there for a while. It never ocurred to me that it was National Register of Historic places calibre. Well, at least my grandparents house probably isn’t. That said, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended Friday the addition of 21 properties and areas to the state and national Registers of Historic Places, including the “Irvington Historic District.”
“Survival of these noteworthy places is crucial in preserving the great diversity of New York’s communities,” said Rose Harvey, state parks commissioner, in a statement. “Placing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will offer well-deserved recognition along with tools to help them last into the future.”
Here’s what they have to say about Irvington:
» Irvington Historic District, Westchester County: The village reflects the style of the late 19th century and was home to George Morgan, a founder of JP Morgan; Alexander Hamilton’s son James; and writer Washington Irving, for whom the village is named.”
The proposed district, according to the Irvington Historic District Committee, would be bordered by the Hudson River on the west, Barney Park to the south, Broadway to the east and Matthiessen Park on the north. It would include the Bridge Street properties, the Stanford White “Cosmopolitan” Building, the Church of St. Barnabas and the Irvington Presbyterian Church.
Here’s the rest of Albany Bureau’s Joseph Spector’s report:
The designation would allow the owners to be eligible for government programs and services to rehabilitate the properties. New York has 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites on the national register.
The recommendations would need to be approved by the state’s historic preservation officer to be on the state list. To gain national recognition, the federal agency reviews the submission and then rules on them. The process could take three to four months.
Here’s a list of the rest of the properties nominated:
» Cattaraugus Commercial Historic District, Cattaraugus County: It’s the historic corridor of the village after it was rebuilt following a fire in 1888.
» Leon Grange, Cattaraugus County: Constructed in 1903, the two-story building was a primary meeting place.
» James Keith House and Brown-Morey-Davis Farm, Newport, Herkimer County: Two limestone residences built around 1815 after the American Revolution.
» New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn: Established in 1801 and in operation for 160 years, it’s one of the nation’s six original federal shipyards.
» Jewish Center of Coney Island, Brooklyn: Built between 1929 and 1931, it symbolizes the Jewish community in Brighton Beach.
» Kismet Temple, Brooklyn: The 1909 building is thought to be the oldest Freemason Shriners’ mosque.
» Carter-Feasel House, Henrietta, Monroe County: Built around 1866, the house is a rare example of plank construction in the area and once home to Civil War veterans.
» John White House, Brockport, Monroe County: It was built about 1821 and owned by five generations of the White family.
» Adams-Chadeayne-Taft Estate, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Orange County: It includes an 1844 brick Italianate-style house built for industrialist and inventor Nathaniel Adams.
» Neversink Valley Grange No. 1530, Huguenot, Orange County: The grange was built in 1934 and served as a social center.
» Kingsford Historic District, Oswego: A once thriving commercial and industrial center in the later half of the 1800s.
» Theta Xi Chapter House, Troy, Rensselaer County: The 1931 Tudor Revival style building embodies the fraternity-house type of the time.
» Searle Gardner & Company Collar & Cuff Factory, Troy – Built in the late 1800s, it is an example of “mill construction.”
» Hopkinton Green Historic District, Hopkinton, St. Lawrence County: The district includes a public green built in the early 1800s.
» Guastavino House, Bay Shore, Suffolk County: The elaborately tiled 1914 house was home to a famous architect.
» Noah Hallock House, Rocky Point, Suffolk County: An 18th-century “Cape Cod” type home.
» Riverside Cemetery, Appalachin, Tioga County: A cemetery since 1802.
» Brooklyn & Queens Transit Trolley No. 1000, Kingston, Ulster County: The Art Deco-style trolley served New York City’s transit system from 1937 until 1956.
» St. James Episcopal Church, Lake George, Warren County: A stone church built in 1866-67.