2015 Preservation Award


At their final meeting for 2015, the Bronxville Historical Conservancy presented their first Bronxville Historical Conservancy Preservation Award to Peoples United Bank for their restoration of the 1920s Gramatan National Bank clock. The award was created to honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that have strengthened the fabric of the Bronxville community through their exceptional commitment to preserving an understanding of its rich past and unique character. Projects considered eligible for this award fall within one of seven specific categories: Architectural Restoration, Conservation of Architectural Elements, Renovations and Additions, Garden and Landscape Design, Craftsmanship and Fine Arts, Preservation of the Historical Record, and Stewardship and Advocacy. The Conservation of Architectural Elements was the category in which the Conservancy made their first award.

clock restoration

Board member Sarah Underhill who served on the Conservancy’s awards committee, presented the award. “This tall four-faced timepiece had presided over nearly a quarter century of pedestrian, auto and train traffic, offering passersby a quick glance at the correct time. It had become fondly regarded, frequently photographed item of local history. For a number of years, however, not only had the clock stopped giving the time, but also the entire structure had fallen into disrepair. Peoples United Bank agreed to restore the clock –they understood the importance of history and preservation to the village and made a significant contribution to that tradition.”

Stephanie Weston, Vice President and Market Manager, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the bank. “This was a true collaboration between People’s United Bank and the Bronxville Historical Conservancy,” Weston said, “Eloise Morgan did a lot of research and the Conservancy was a huge help to the bank in restoring the clock to its original splendor. People’s United Bank is truly honored to play this meaningful role in preserving Bronxville’s rich history.” The award is a bronze cast plaque designed by Conservancy Board member and architect Anderson Kenny.

About the author

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was established in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the Village of Bronxville, New York. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures, and special events that foster an awareness of the Village’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies.