Traces of History in White Plains Business District

Most of the buildings in the Business District (BD) In White Plains (WP) were built in the 20th century.  Some replace older structures, while some of the older structures were put on the National  Registry of Historic Places. The city has formed a Historic Preservation Committee to further protect structures by naming them local landmarks.

Mamaroneck Ave, one of the older roads still runs all the way to the Village of Mamaroneck (established in 1661). Many of the buildings on the street remained during city’s largest  urban renewal project of 1966 to 1980 giving one an idea of what the rest of the BD was like prior to that.

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The 1930 building at the northeast corner of E Post Rd and Mamaroneck Ave. was used by the B. Altman Department Store from around 1933 to 1950 when it moved to a new building on Westchester Ave. Alexander’s Department Store also used the building for about 5 yrs before moving to the structure that is at the former Westchester Pavilion location. The pavilion is to be demolished for a new construction project of a mixture of retail and rental apartments.

95The City Center opened in 2003 on the block where the first Macy’s Store was located in 1948. It’s archtechtural design blends with the two former banks found next the Center on its Mamaroneck  Ave area.

The former Home Savings Bank established in 1893 is at the Main St corner and dates from 1925. The building has been used by restaurants and still has its original vault. 94

The Peoples National Bank and Trust Company building at the Martine Ave corner dates from 1929. The bank established in 1924 is now  Arts Westchester. The bank’s vault is part of the exhibit gallery on the ground floor.

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The former Colony Theater building at 100 Mamaroneck Ave still has its 1926 crown. At 213 Mamaroneck Ave is the former Ernest Erbeck home. It dates from the early 1900’s and presently houses the Westchester County Republican Committee, which was established in 1948.97 98

 

 

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Main St. formerly named Railroad Ave and this name appears on maps as early as 1911. On older maps Main St does appear but in the S Broadway & Armory Pl area.

dsc01178Bar Building completed in 1928 is at 199-201 Main St. The building was threatened with demolition but was saved from new development and put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. More info about the Bar building is in separate entry on this website.

 

 

 

The Northcourt Building at 175 Main St was completed in 1930. 105

101Grace Episcopal Church (1865), with a congregation that goes back to colonial times, is the oldest structure and only remaining church on the street. Grace Church moved to its present location from its former location near S Broadway where there was a cemetery that was moved to WP’s Rural Cemetery at a later date to make room for the former White Plains Hotel.

102Lawyer Building, the former Westchester Title and Trust Company, is at the opposite corner of Church St and Main St. It once housed the Reporter Dispatch Newspaper and dates from 1926.103 Additions were added to the older structure.

Except for the two top floors, the Kennedy building at 2 Williams St dates from 1919. A smaller structure at 171 Main St dates from 1937.  Nearby on Martine Ave is the Masonic Building dating from 1908.

 

 

 

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