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Bronxville Historical Conservancy Plans for 20th Anniversary Year PDF Print Email


By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Member, Board of Trustees, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Jan. 17, 2018:  More than 100 members of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy ("BHC") gathered for the annual meeting and holiday reception at Siwanoy Country Club on December 13. Co-chairs Erin Saluti and Jack Bierwirth highlighted the year’s accomplishments, including the Brendan Gill Lecture with Mo Rocca and Linda Greenhouse, The Crows Nest house tour, the annual boat trip around Manhattan, and the third Ghosts of Bronxville event. William Zambelli presented his final report as treasurer, as he will succeed Jack Bierwirth as co-chair in 2018. 

Erin Saluti thanked Jack Bierwirth for his service as co-chair. Remarking on his outstanding leadership, Saluti said, “His most important bequest was establishing a strong working relationship between the BHC and The Bronxville School and setting us on a path to further this partnership, particularly through his involvement with National History Day.” 

Saluti also introduced five new BHC board members:  Tina Adams, Chris Goff, Jennifer Russo, Morgan Seamark, Bob Shearer, and Lyndal Vermette.  Tina Adams has lived in Bronxville for 13 years and served on the Ghosts of Bronxville committees in 2015 and 2017; she will assume the role of co-chair of Ghosts 2019. Chris Goff has lived in Bronxville since 1983. Recently retired from a career in law in the publishing industry, Goff serves on the board of directors of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library. Jennifer Russo is a trustee of The Bronxville School and worked on the 2015 and 2017 Ghosts of Bronxville committees. Morgan Seamark is a managing director at Havas, a large New York advertising agency. He is raising his family in Bronxville’s oldest house, the Abijah Morgan House, believed to have been built in 1820. Bob Shearer has enjoyed a long career in law and finance and has shared his professional expertise with numerous village volunteer committees and organizations. Shearer is serving as chair of the Bronxville Board of Assessment Review.  Lyndal Vermette is a working artist and active volunteer in the Bronxville Elementary School.  She has served on the Ghosts of Bronxville committee in 2015 and junior chair in 2017.  Lyndal will assume the role of co-chair of The Ghosts of Bronxville, 2019. 

The evening’s program also featured the presentation of the 2017 Preservation Award. Sarah Normand, chair of the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library, accepted the award on behalf of the Bronxville Public Library’s art collection. The art collection was selected as a demonstration of excellence in stewardship, as well as preservation, restoration, and conservation. "This award is particularly meaningful in that it recognizes 'stewardship,'" remarked Normand. "So many community members over the years played a part in the restoration, cataloguing, appraisal, security, and overall conservation of this collection." She thanked members of the Friends of the Library, the trustees of the library, and curator Jayne Warman for their efforts in preserving this important collection of American paintings, drawings, sculpture, etchings, and prints and securing Bronxville’s history as an art colony.   

Saluti concluded the program by announcing plans for 2018, the BHC’s 20th anniversary year. With art as the theme, the BHC is planning a series of mini-programs, publications, and special events, including 20 Years on the 20th, a gala dinner on October 20, 2018, at Siwanoy Country Club. The year-long celebration will commence on January 21 with a family-focused event at The Bronxville School. Students and their families will work with architect Steven Schwartz from Building Blocks Workshop to recreate 50 Bronxville homes and public buildings with LEGO.

For more information on The Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s 20th-anniversary programs and events, please go to

Pictured here: The Bronxville Historical Conservancy's annual meeting and holiday reception at Siwanoy Country Club.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville Historical Conservancy


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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