Rumorville: Catery Going Thai?, Pascal’s to Close

It’s one of Larchmont’s more unique, even historic spaces. And a great business location, right next to the train tracks. Back in the 1940’s it was an office…most recently, The Catery. Now we hear it’s going to be a Thai restaurant. There appears to be a bar inside; this is curious as previous applications for a restaurant/bar were denied.

Historic Rye Smoke Shop May Go ‘Poof’

RYE–If you’ve never been in the delightful Rye Smoke Shop (53 Purchase Street), you may want to hurry. It’s a throwback to a gentler era on Purchase Street. The owners of the 40- year -old mom and pop may soon be priced out of the rent, because the owner says expensive renovations are necessary. The building, a former hotel and saloon, dates to 1870. Some residents are pushing for a landmark designation to preserve the store in “its present form and character.” A local artist is selling paintings of the store to raise money for it.

Building of the Week: Historic Wildcliff in New Rochelle to be a School



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The Metropolitan Museum calls Alexander Jackson Davis, “the greatest architect of the mid-nineteenth century.” The designer of Federal Hall (the Old Customs House) in New York and Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, designed some remarkable Gothic Revival houses in New Rochelle in the mid 1800’s. Some of their photos can be seen if you scroll down here. Wildcliff, or the Cyrus Lawton House, sits high atop a hill, overlooking the Long Island Sound at 44 Wildcliff Road in New Rochelle. The 20-room house was built in about 1852; Tudor architectural feature were said to have been added later.

Club Car Restaurant Opens at Mamaroneck Train Station

The historic Mamaroneck Train Station is now open for business as a restaurant, after a ribbon cutting Wednesday. John Verni and Chris Verni, brothers and partners in Verco Properties LLC,  acquired the building from the MTA and converted the long-neglected station into space for a restaurant on the ground level and professional offices on a new second level. The Club Car  restaurant and lounge was the vision of Brian MacMenamin, formerly of MacMenamin’s Grill, the Larchmont Oyster House, and the Post Road Ale House. Verni says several elements of the historic building were incorporated into the design of the building. For example, the building featured an original fireplace that was stripped of generations of paint and the restored to the original wood finish beneath; the large palladium windows with multi-colored period glass were completely refurbished; and the old ticket counters were incorporated into the design of the new bar.

Building of the Week: Pelhamdale

With the kids home from school for a “Superintendent’s Day”  (and because my car was towed in NYC late last night) we’re going to mix up the schedule today a bit and start with…. Pelhamdale, at 45 Iden Road, is the oldest home in Pelham. According to , “Philip Pell II built portions believed to be part of today’s structure between about 1750 and 1760. The home is one of two in Pelham Manor that include sections built before the Revolutionary War. The other is the “Kemble House” located at 145 Shore Road.

Closing Photo: Old Dutch Church

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow was constructed in 1697 by Frederick Philipse, First Lord of the Philipsburgh Manor. The Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is considered the oldest church in Westchester. photo: Don Southerland, a member of the Looppool on flickr

How ‘theLoop’ Works: A Guide

theLoop posts local content all day on a schedule you can rely on (more or less)

Our new “blog” format makes it easy for you to scroll down to catch up with what you may have missed. Our morning e-mail blast sums it up for you each day in one email. Here’s how we roll every weekday:
7:00 am –  News
8:00 am –  News
9:00 am – Coming Up: a future event you might want to know about
10:00 am –  Cool Finds
(11:00 am- our opt-in newsletter)
12:00 pm – House of the Day from theLoop Real Estate Marketplace
2:00 pm – Real Estate and Architecture
Tuesday:     Our Towns;
Thursday:   Building of the Week;
Friday:        The Way We Were
3:00 pm – Police blotter,  Reader mail, Food, etc. 4:00 pm –
Monday/Thursday:  Locals: Profiles of interesting locals
Tues./Wed./Fri.:  Art, Sports, something new

5:00 pm – Pet Project

6:00 pm – Closing photo, sometimes a Double Take

All subject to breaking news, adjustment and whim.  

photo: June Marie Sobrito

Building of the Week: Garden Party

Have you ever wondered about this incredible massive stone structure on Orienta Avenue? Through this gate, at the turn of the 20th Century, which led to Waytes Court, rode American aristocracy. The New York Times article from 1908 reads, “Mrs. E.H. Weatherbee to Give a Bazaar at Her Mamaroneck Home,” Waytes Court, “one of the largest on Long Island Sound,”

The 30 acre estate on Orienta Point some thirty acres, which was originally the property of the DeLancey family, was, according to one account where “Fenimore Cooper made it the scene of some of his
most celebrated novels.” Today it is the entrance to and the site of the Westchester Day School.  photos: Polly Kreisman

Building of the Week: Mahlstedt Lumber and Coal, New Rochelle

Built in 1920 at 415 Huguenot Avenue, New Rochelle. City Historian Barbara Davis says that when commercial buildings were constructed in the late part of the 1800s and early 1900s, no expense was spared. “This was certainly the case when the owner of the J. A. Mahltstedt Lumber and Coal Company (incorporated 1895) erected a handsome Neo-Classical Revival style building for his thriving enterprise’s offices. The limestone two-story structure was prominently sited just opposite the Soldier’s Monument at the west junction of Huguenot and Main Streets.” The lumber yards were located directly behind the building.  The Mahlstedt family had deep roots in the community including running the ice manufacturing business on the lake that is now the Twin Lakes in front of New Rochelle High School.  The pink family home on the lake is now the Huguenot branch (the Childrens Library) of the Public Library.

Building of the Week: Scarsdale Woman’s Club

On the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th Century mansion on Drake Road that has been home to the Scarsdale Woman’s Club since 1928, sits on four acres and boasts, among many things, one of the oldest and most beautiful trees in Westchester.

House Envy: LHS Annual HouseTour

This year, five homes on or near the water opened their doors to the historic-minded and the curious. Phyllis Tarlow’s illustrations give an idea of what’s was in store and this from LHS tells the rest:

 The focus of the house tour this year is on architectural elements unique to each of the five homes located on the tour.  Five different architectural disciplines are to be highlighted. All of the homes are located on or near the coast of Larchmont; many are in the Manor area.  Each home is reflective of Larchmont history in its own way: a traditional Tudor; a Queen Anne Victorian; Colonial Revival; Spanish Colonial Revival and Italian Renaissance – all with unique histories and beautiful details throughout. 

        Tour: 4/25/10, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

        Post Tour Reception: at Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild: 3:00 – 6:00 PM, 126 Larchmont Avenue

      Tickets: are currently available through mail-order to members of the Larchmont Historical Society.  The prices are $35 for members and $40 for guests of members (the ticket price includes both the tour and the reception at the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild).  The tickets can also be purchased online at 

       For the week leading up to the tour, Larchmont realtors Houlihan Lawrence, Coldwell Banker, Weichert and Sotheby’s will sell tickets at their offices.  The house tour journal will be available in the realtors’ offices for ticket purchasers; otherwise, tour-goers can pick up a journal at any of the five houses on the day of the tour.  No children under the age of 12 are permitted on the tour.     &nbs
p;  The house tour is a fundraiser for the Larchmont Historical Society, chartered in 1981 as a non-profit organization to discover, preserve and disseminate information concerning the natural, social and civic history of Larchmont and to promote the preservation of historical sites and structures. For more information, visit, call (914) 381-2239 or write PO Box 742, Larchmont, NY 10538.