In Larchmont, 1 Helena Avenue is known as the Gingerbread Cottage. It is one of the most distinctive and recognizable homes in the area.
It was built in 1872 by the Larchmont Manor Company as one of the first six summer cottages in the subdivision. It was purchased by Frank Ellingwood Towle, a civil engineer employed by the City of New York, whose father had been associated with Frederick Law Olmstead in laying out Central Park.
Towle was engaged as engineer by the Manor Company. This was the Towle family summer home for over 50 years.
–from Larchmont Then and Now: A Photohistory, Fountain Square Press, copyright 2002 by Anne Marie Leone and Judith Doolin Spikes. Used with permission.