The Conservancy was proud to support Eastchester’s 350th Anniversary as the exclusive sponsor of the K-12 Education Program
In 2014, the Bronxville Historical Conservancy funded a $10,000 grant to support, as exclusive sponsor, the Eastchester 350th Anniversary Celebration’s K-12 Educational Program. Read more.
Lighting Fixtures Restored for the historic Women’s Club of Bronxville
Both the main and south entrances to the Women’s Club of Bronxville, where many a young man and miss have trotted inside for their dancing and etiquette lessons with Miss Covington — now Miss Barclay — are graced once again with lovely lighting fixtures, thanks to the Bronxville Historical Conservancy. Financing the restoration of the original fixtures was a tribute to the 80th anniversary of the clubhouse and in recognition of its placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The project involved the removal and installation of temporary lighting, as well as the rewiring and structural restoration of the fixtures. This successful lighting restoration was accomplished to conform to the original building design of Penrose Stout.
The Bronxville Veterans Memorial Honors our Service Men and Women
The Bronxville Veterans Memorial website features a list of more than 1,500 men and women from the Bronxville area who have served or are serving our country today as well as a collage of historic photos from WW I and II. It also has an interactive search capability allowing users to look up individual names as well as sort by those who have served in a particular war or branch of service. Where available, veterans’ personal stories, photos and experiences are included. This interactive capability allows all generations to connect with their families,’ friends,’ and neighbors’ past.
The goal of Bronxville Veterans Memorial (BVM), which was founded in 2008 and financially supported by the Bronxville Historical Conservancy, is to help restore the original meaning to Memorial Day by honoring the local men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served and are serving our country today. This dedicated website is intended to serve not only as a remembrance but also as a thank you to all those men and women. For further information, contact Jane Staunton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Bronxville resident Renee Byers learned that graceful wrought-iron lamps once spanned the granite columns at the two main entrances to Avon Road, her thoughts turned toward re-creating history. With help from the Village Historian Eloise Morgan, Renee found the originals in bits and pieces in a cob-webbed corner of the Village Hall basement. Turning to the Bronxville Historical Conservancy for funding the effort, along with support from the Village of Bronxville, Renee embarked on the ambitious project of creating near-exact replicas, and on January 21, 2003, the lanterns were back in place, once again gracing the stately granite columns on Avon Road where it intersects with Midland Avenue and Sagamore Road.
Re-constructed by Jozef Witcowski of Jozef Custom Ironworks of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the approximately 18″ high and have an antique bronze finish. With electrical connections and 3 candelabra bulbs, the fixtures will shine nightly, in concert with the village street lamps. The Bronxville Historical Conservancy fully funded the fixtures’ re-creation, installation and electrical work at a cost of approximately $50,000.
Sound System for Traditional Village Christmas Pageant
When lack of a sound system gave a whole new meaning to “Silent Night,” the Conservancy researched a way to help the community with its nearly 100 year old holiday tradition. It purchased a new audio system for use not only by the Pageant, but for other civic organizations and events, such as Memorial Day. The Conservancy also created a booklet documenting the history of the Pageant.
Restoration of Architectural Model of Bronxville Library
Thanks to the granddaughter of architect Harry Leslie Walker, a scale model of the Bronxville Public Library dating from the time of its original design has been donated to the library.
Given by Elizabeth Mouzon, Walker’s daughter, the model bears the title “Study for Public Library Building, Bronxville, New York” and is signed “Harry Leslie Walker Architect.”
After 60 years the model was in surprisingly good condition, but needed restoration which the Conservancy funded so that the model could be showcased in the Bronxville library as a reminder of its origins.
Support for the Bronxville History Center
The Conservancy has provided a variety of support to the Bronxville History Center and the work of the village historian. Among these were funds to equip the History Center, located in the lower levels of the Bronxville Public Library, with a state-0f-the-art computer and copier/printer/fax/scanner, with wireless Internet connections. In addition, the Conservancy helped fund the digitization of more than a century of historic Bronxville-area newspapers that are being posted online at Hudson River Valley Heritage Historical Newspapers. The Conservancy also underwrote the creation of two photograph collections of modern Bronxville: a beautiful portfolio of professional color photographs of modern Bronxville, in print and digital form, by Judith Watts Wilson, and a series of black and white streetscape images by photographer Fielding Bowman Other gifts include the reframing of a painting for the turn-of-the-20th century artist Anna Winegar.
Artwork for the Community
Perhaps no one better predicted and captured the importance of the artistic legacy that has now been established for the village than well known Lawrence Park artist Will Hicok Low who commented a century ago:
Who knows what the future holds in store for this village?
The “Bronxville school”[of artists] may yet have its exhibition hall, and excursion trains be run on the Harlem to view their works. Meanwhile, [the artists] may be counted among the most enthusiastic residents of Bronxville … generally [having] conducted themselves as good citizens, while their fame, which is widespread, constitutes a valuable asset for the village.
To celebrate that legacy, and honor and remember Bronxville’s well-known Lawrence Park art colony, the Conservancy is acquiring representative examples of the artists’ works. Whether the art was created while the artist lived in Bronxville, depicting local scenes, or is simply illustrative of the artist’s craft, this growing collection is part of an on-going research effort by the Conservancy’s Art Committee.
Bronxville Artists & Friends
As a tenth anniversary gift to the community, an art catalog was created to accompany the Bronxville Artists & Friends: Legacies Past and Future exhibit held in the fall of 2008 at the OSilas Gallery at Concordia College. It is one of the most comprehensive publications ever on the works of Bronxville artists.