Building of the Week: Larchmont Girl Scout House

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The Girl Scout House used to be a NYW&B Railway station

As the local Girl Scouts House, this building at 90 Harmon Drive is teeming with energy when filled with groups of girls.  The building, however, got off to a far different start in 1926 when it was built as the Larchmont Gardens station of the short-lived New York, Westchester & Boston Railway.

The railway, backed by powerful bigwigs like J.P. Morgan, operated from 1912-1937 to shuttle commuters to and from their homes in the “country.” The original line, which opened in 1912, ran from a terminal in the Bronx at 180th Street, north to White Plains with a short branch to North Avenue in New Rochelle.

The Harmon Drive station was built when the NYW&B created the Port Chester extension to siphon off commuter traffic from the New Haven Railroad, which had a big financial in NYW&B and wanted to cut costs by reducing the number of trains that went into Grand Central. After getting off to a promising start, the NYW&B by early 1930s was fighting major financial woes (the Great Depression and New Haven Railroad going bankrupt didn’t help). The NYW&B officially ceased operating in 1937. Many of the stations were given to local municipalities to as the railroad’s way of paying back taxes.

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  1. Girl Scouts of Larchmont/Mamaroneck includes the Mamaroneck and Rye Neck school districts as well as Sts. John and Paul Church and the French American School of New York. The Girl Scouts serve approximately 600 girls in over 40 troops in our community, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
    For more information on registering as a Girl Scout in Larchmont-Mamaroneck, finding a troop or volunteering as a leader, contact our regional office at 914-747-3080
    The Larchmont Girl Scout House is located at 90 Harmon Drive, Larchmont, NY 10538, in Larchmont (off Weaver Street) and is available for Girl Scout meetings and functions.

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