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Nick, there is a new Riverdale Facebook Group specifically for Riverdale Veterans.May 27, 2022 at 9:12 pm in reply to: Origins of Knolls Crescent/ Development & the Nane #2844
I’ve got the fever: gotta figure this out.
That said, I live next door to the “Fieldston Lod_e” (sic), rehab center which has nothing to do with Fieldston and is not a Lodge. So these developers pick these names, sometimes just because they sound fancy.May 27, 2022 at 6:33 pm in reply to: Origins of Knolls Crescent/ Development & the Nane #2842May 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm in reply to: Origins of Knolls Crescent/ Development & the Nane #2841
Garrett, you appear to possibly beright. (although Knolls Crescent is in Spuyten Duyvil)
I wonder if Alexander Calder having lived in Spuyten Duyvil had anything to do with the possible choice of that site?May 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm in reply to: Origins of Knolls Crescent/ Development & the Nane #2840May 27, 2022 at 3:09 pm in reply to: Origins of Knolls Crescent/ Development & the Nane #2837
Thanks so much Tom.
I disagree that this sounds like just a nice old house. From LPC’s 2004 report:
This structure is the former the Delafield Hunting Lodge of the once vast Delafield Estate, which originally encompassed land between the Hudson River and Van Cortlandt Park. It was used as a lodge during hunting excursions in the woodlands, allegedly for hunting wild boar. The Delafield Estate was subdivided in 1934, and the structure now sits within a private residential area known as Ploughman’s Bush.
LPC Statement of Significance:
The Fieldston (Delafield Estate) Building appears to be a rare example in New York City of a 19th-century rural bracketed, board-and-batten estate outbuilding. In 1829, Major Joseph Delafield, president of the Lyceum of Natural History in New York, acquired the 257-acre Hadley farm in (then) Yonkers that spread eastward from the shore of the Hudson River. Delafield named his estate “Fieldston” after his family’s seat in Ireland, and established a profitable lime kiln on the property in 1830. A cottage, named “Fieldston Lodge,” was built in 1849 and as a three-bay, 1-1/2 story Gothic Revival style summer home in the mode of Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing. This area, known as Riverdale after 1852, became popular for the estates of wealthy New York families, who acquired large tracts of land here beginning in the late 1820s. These included lawyer William Lewis Morris’ residence (later called Wave Hill), built in 1843-44, and actor Edwin Forrest’s Fonthill, built in 1848-52. The Hudson River Railroad, completed in this vicinity in 1849, provided convenient access to New York City.
For some time prior to Major Delafield’s death in 1875, Fieldston Lodge was in use as the summer cottage of his eldest son, Lewis Livingston Delafield. The father’s will, written in 1867, mentions the the property then contained two cottages, one in use by the father and one in use by the son, as well as outbuildings such as a “stable and coachhouse and laundry.” Lewis Delafield expanded Fieldston Lodge in 1877-78 to five bays and two full stories plus a slate-covered mansard roof, with a wide front verandah. Local builder Samuel L. Berrian executed this addition. The building that is today No. 6 Ploughman’s Bush is similar in style and details to the expanded Fieldston Lodge (which remained until at least the 1950s.) A review of real estate maps, however, demonstrates that the Ploughman’s Bush building may appear as early as 1867.
The eastern portion of the Joseph Delafield Estate was developed by the Delafield family as the community of Fieldston in 1909-23, and the western part of the estate was later subdivided. This outbuilding is the only surviving building remnant of the original Delafield Estate, an estate associated with one of New York City’s, and the Bronx’s leading families. It is also a significant reminder of the era when the Riverdale section of the Bronx was largely a private community of rural, and later, suburban summer estates.
photo taken this morning
Yes I think I need to speak to Chuck Moerdler or Sherida Paulson.
Maybe Dan Padernacht remembers something about it.
It does look like the current occupants have toyed around with it quite a bit. It’s a bit wacky.
And DOB currently has a full Stop Work Order on it.
I have a down loaded version of that map, and the current president of the Along the Hudson Homeowners Association is my best friend here in Spuyten Duyvil. I paid the $50 dollars because I needed the map for my street co-naming project for John J McKelvey Sr/ Villa Rosa Bonheur. But before I downloaded it, I just made a copy from what was available online. It might not have been HR but it did the job just to look at. I also have a copy of the Edgehill Terrace Company map, which I “bought” from MCNY.
I’m not sure what your using this for, but feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
I would be willing to help with disseminating this effort on social media, and local newspapers.
I was hoping I potentially found the last remaining Johnson Foundry bldg, not just a office space they acquired.
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Maybe this printing house has a story…</p>
I’m going to try to do some digging. If this is a Johnson Foundry office of import, perhaps we should consider some kind of historical marking. It would be an absolute shame to lose this beautiful landmark to another “luxury rental”.
I love challenges like this, and can’t help but jump right on them.
This is a wonderful post. It’s remarkable that we had world class artists born in our community.
The second Georgina Klitgard
The first one is William Sergeant Kendell.
I know Bedford Park was the home of film studios,
Pardon this error, the Berrian Homestead was demolished in 1952, not 1852.