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IRVINGTON, NY (April 21, 2014) – The Village of Irvington announced today that the Irvington Historic District composed of the Main Street area has earned the distinguished honor of being listed on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.  A celebration and recognition of the Irvington Historic District designation will take place on June 14, 2014 throughout the Village.


The effort was spearheaded by the Irvington Board of Trustees in 2011when they unanimously created a Historic District Committee (IHDC).  A volunteer committee of residents then completed the lengthy application for historic district designation for the Main Street area.  The committee is led by Co-Chairs Andy Lyons and Earl Ferguson. Village Trustee Connie Kehoe has worked closely with the Committee.  Well-known historic restoration architects, Joseph Pell Lombardi and Walter Sedovic assisted the committee and provided valuable expertise.


The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of America’s historic places that are worthy of preservation.  Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.


The New York State Register of Historic Places includes official lists of buildings, structures, districts and sites that are significant in the history, architecture and culture of New York. 

The Irvington Historic District was chosen to be listed because it reflects the transportation, shopping patterns and architectural styles of the late 19th Century and was shaped by many prominent citizens who resided in the area, including George Morgan, a founder of JP Morgan, Alexander Hamilton’s son James, and Washington Irving, the distinguished writer after whom the village is named.  There are 213 contributing buildings in the 60-acre district.


“We are delighted to recognize the Irvington Historic District as a place of great distinction in our state,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  “The village contains an excellent historic building stock from 1830 to 1930, with landmark sites that tell the story of Irvington’s early settlement, its riverfront industry, and finally as a community during the interwar period.  The addition of the historic district to the New York State and National Registers is an important first step for the long-term preservation of the village.”  


“We are extremely proud that the Irvington Historic District has been recognized for the historic importance it represents to our community, the State and the Nation,” said Irvington Mayor Brian Smith.  “Irvington is known for its distinctive Main Street view of the Hudson River and its unique and eclectic homes and businesses. The new distinction will help us celebrate the special character and historical value of our Main Street area plus create awareness, community pride and open up assistance opportunities through grants,” added Smith.


Village Trustee Kehoe expressed great appreciation to all the volunteers and Village staff who moved the process of Historic District recognition forward over the years. “June 14 is a day for local residents and visitors to celebrate our history. We can all experience, in the Village today, a visit to a 1902 Reading Room designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as a very modern relaxing lunch at an outdoor café table, slurping down a healthy Fruitoppia. A trolley will loop through the Village with local docents answering questions, kids will enjoy some simple, small-town entertainment, and walkers can experience our challenging Main Street hill on their way to the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park.”



For more information on the Irvington Historic District, as well as the plans for the June 14, 2014 Irvington Historic District Celebration visit or contact Village Administrator Larry Schopfer at 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533. or 914 591-4358.


Make December 7th Saturday, your family’s Stay Local Day Irvington, NY

Irvington Holiday Happening

A little shopping, a little walking, a little meet & greet friends & neighbors.

Visit Main Street School for gingerbread making (reserve a spot), the
Senior Center in Scenic Hudson Park for a craft and bake sale, Village
Hall’s Tiffany Reading Room for tours, Historic Main Street for holiday
window browsing, and stay for the Village Tree Lighting Celebration at
the Recreation Center – music starts at 4:30. Refreshments follow.

Dec 7














Discover the Rivertowns Street Event


“Escape to the Rivertowns”


IRVINGTON Festivities


SEPTEMBER 28th, 2013


Walk, Bike, Shop, Dine, Explore…




Eat a meal at any Irvington restaurant and receive FREE ADMISSION to the movie!  Advanced ticket purchasing is recommended as this event may sell out.  Movie-goers

who buy their tickets ahead of time and present a dining receipt from September 28th

will be given a voucher for free admission to any film of the 2013-14 season.





10:30 am to 12:30 pm:  “Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age” Historical Walking Tour;

Meet at Irvington Public Library, 12 South Astor St.   


10:00 am to 12:00 noon: Drop-in Sewing Lessons10:30 am to 1:30 pm: Knitting Circle at EILEEN FISHER LAB Store, 1 Bridge St.   Info: 914.721.2897 


 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm:  DISCOVER IRVINGTON from VILLAGE HALL (85 Main St.) to the IRVINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (12 South Astor St.) – with Information Stations, Exhibits, Sidewalk Shopping, Art Activities for Children, and LIVE JAZZ Jam!  


1:00 to 4:00 pm:  IRVINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY (McVickar House, 131 Main St.) – Exhibits include “Irvington High School Theater: A View From Backstage” curated by Thom Johnson, assisted by Michael Penta, Larry Corio, and Diana Selenow.   


2:00 to 5:30 pm:  “Meandering Among the Historic Millionaires’ Mansions” Walking Tour along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail; north to Lyndhurst and back, then south to Dobbs Ferry. Meet at Irvington Village Hall, 85 Main St., Irvington. 


8:00 pm:   “Best of” Film Series SEASON KICK-OFF SCREENING of 20 Feet From Stardom and Special SKYLIGHT CHAMPAGNE TOAST CELEBRATION at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main St.) followed by After-Party at Red Hat on the River (1 Bridge Street, Irvington).   



Heartfelt Thanks to our Generous Sponsors:–Design/Build,Green Eileen, The Hudson Independent,

Earl Everett Ferguson Architect, Irvington Chamber of Commerce, The Village of Irvington, Irvington Town Hall Theater, Friends of the Irvington Library, Irvington Historical Society, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct,The Rivertowns Tourism Board,Red Hat on the River andIrvington Wines & Liquors.

Discover the Rivertowns – September 28, 2013

Join us in Irvington June 8, 2013 – a summary of events follows but you can also log in to and


10:30am – 12:00: A guided walk begins at the Irvington Library 12 South Astor Street – Welcome and Information table 10:30 – 5:00pm

11:00am – 4:00pm: Out Door Pop Up Gallery and Grafts Fair with hands-on children’s activities and live music. Also art items for sale.

Meet WFUV DJ at 2:00pm Main Street Parking Lot – 101 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533

Lunch: Visit our restaurants, cafes or delis or picnic in Scenic Hudson Park, on the waterfront.

2:30pm – 4:00pm A Guided Walk begins at the Irvington Village Hall (85 Main Street) and travels to the Old Croron Aquduct –  North to Lyndhurst and South to Mercy College (Free)

WFUV DJ joins the walk at 2:30 at Pop Up Art Gallery

Meandering among the Historic Millionaires’ Mansions Walk Http://

*4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Double feature live family entertainment Pop Culture Dance Show by Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts and Clocktower Players (or alternate TBA) at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (fee: $3.00)


Dinner: Visit our restaurants and cafes for food and drink

8:30pm – 10:00: Independent film (Ginger and Rosa, or alternate selection) shown at Irvington Town Hall Theater by The Best of Film Series (fee: $9:00)


11:00am – 4:00: Tours of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Reading Room and Irvington Town Theater, Village Hall, 85 Main Street (Free)

12:00 – 4:00: Local history docents; local history display and costume exhibit: Irvington Historical Society, McVicar House: 131 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533.