Paved with yellow brick nearly 100 years ago, a portion of Park Avenue — running eastward from Wellington Circle down to Tanglewylde Avenue — has developed an extremely uneven surface. It has become high-centered between deep tire-track grooves and underground water seepage creates icy conditions in winter and generally weakens the roadbed. Many of the bricks have cracked and cannot be salvaged.
Of concern to the Conservancy was the possibility that the Village Board, in weighing financial and other considerations, would pave over a road in a neighborhood that is in the National Register of Historic Places.
To underscore its commitment to preserve this very tangible part of our history, the Conservancy pledged $67,500 to buy and do the necessary research to locate suitable antique bricks nearly matching the originals. Due in large part to the Conservancy’s preservation efforts, on September 8, 2014, Bronxville Board of Trustees voted unanimously to restore the street by installing bricks. After paying for the cost of rebuilding the roadbed, controlling the water seepage, and creating an asphalt base, the Village will pay an additional $115,850 to cover the cost of installing the bricks.
Some of Bronxville’s most famous homes are in Lawrence Park and the brick and cobblestone lanes are part of the charm that has created this highly valued and well known area of the village. The brick and granite block roads on the steepest hills add much to the character and appeal of Bronxville as a community.