Category: Historic Building

White Plains and the American Revolution; Revolutionary War Remembrances

Entry is updated version of the sections on “American Revolution,” “Battle of White Plains,” “Merritt and Miller Hills” and “War Remembrances” from the book White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: AMERICAN REVOLUTION When the American Continental Congress in Philadelphia declared independence on… Continue Reading “White Plains and the American Revolution; Revolutionary War Remembrances”

Westchester County Seat and Government

Entry is updated section on “County Seat” of White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: COUNTY SEAT:  On Feb 4, 1758, Westchester’s court house was destroyed by fire.  It was in the former Town of Westchester (West Chester) in what is now the Bronx. White… Continue Reading “Westchester County Seat and Government”

Waterways in White Plains

Entry is an updated version of the section on “Waterways” in the book: White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: Entry is an updated version of the section on “Waterways” from the book: White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: WATERWAYS: Many… Continue Reading “Waterways in White Plains”

What’s in a name? In Neighboring Hartsdale

Hartsdale, NY shares not only a border with White Plains (WP) but its history. White Plains has a street named Hartsdale Ave located in Highlands neighborhood. Hartsdale during Colonial Days was part of Philipsburg Manor owned by the Frederick Philipse family and his descendants.… Continue Reading “What’s in a name? In Neighboring Hartsdale”

White Plains Revitalization; Its Vanishing Past

In February 2019, one of White Plains’ older homes was demolished. Former Rocco Briante house was built around 1913. Rocco Briante was a builder of homes and other structures. House at 40 Chatterton Parkway had become a “zombie” property. Neglect obviously caused severe deterioration… Continue Reading “White Plains Revitalization; Its Vanishing Past”

White Plains’ Older Homes

This entry is an updated version of a section from White Plains, New York:  City of Contrasts in chapter “Houses:” Some of White Plains (WP) early farms would later became country estates for wealthy New Yorkers (later 1800’s to early 1900’s), private schools, hospitals, golf courses, and even… Continue Reading “White Plains’ Older Homes”

Historic Traces in White Plains Business District (BD)

An updated version of entry of White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts from “Business District” chapter: Most of the buildings in White Plains’ Business District (BD) were built in the 20th century. Some of the structures were repurposed or rebuilt though there many structures that are original… Continue Reading “Historic Traces in White Plains Business District (BD)”

White Plains Hospitals

This entry is an updated version of “Hospitals” from White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts.”  The Former St Agnes Hospital  St. Agnes Hospital, closed in 2003, had its beginnings in 1908. The medical building on the property underwent renovations and the former… Continue Reading “White Plains Hospitals”

White Plains Schools History

Entry is updated version of chapter “Schools” from White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: Though there were schools in White Plains (WP) as far back as the early 1700’s little is known about them. According to Renoda Hoffman in her book Yesterday in WP, there… Continue Reading “White Plains Schools History”

Seeking History One Foot At A Time: White Plains’ Walking tours

At Colonial Day June 18, 2016 in Tibbits Park, City Clerk’s Office gave out two walking tours to explore the past: My walking tour from a number of years ago. Park at NWP (free on weekends) and walk South to Parkway walking path, go… Continue Reading “Seeking History One Foot At A Time: White Plains’ Walking tours”

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