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Rochelle Park-Rochelle HeightsA view from across The Lawn
This information was adapted from an article by Barbara Davis and was originally published in the Standard Star on October 24, 1996.

You can’t help but feel as though you have stepped back in time when you stroll the tree-lined streets of the Rochelle Park neighborhood. Many rambling homes with resplendent Victorian detail, public lawns that compose refreshing, eye-catching views, wide boulevards with expansive front lawns,and venerable plantings tucked into rock outcroppings render a quiet atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era. That’s just what was planned for this community – when it was conceived over 100 years ago.
Accruing of Land
Backing up onto North Street (now North Avenue), and just to the east of the stone wall that divided the Town of New Rochelle from the village, a parcel of land stretched to the tracks of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. The 70 acres, which had been farmed by J. Carpenter until the 1870s, also included orchards and a marsh. Through foreclosure proceedings, the Manhattan Life Insurance Company took title of the property in 1881.

Charting a brave and bold course, the company chose to transform the somewhat rugged territory into a residential development – unlike any other in New Rochelle. In fact, the kind of neighborhood the administrators envisioned had been preceded by only two – Tuxedo Park in New York and Llewellyn Park in Pennsylvania.

Beginning of Rochelle Park
America’s third planned community, Rochelle Park, was started in 1885. “To give the place a character wholly its own, to make it a park, a community, a neighborhood restricted to houses of an established standard, built on plots large enough to avoid crowding,” as Samuel Swift wrote in the May 1904 issue of “House and Garden,” the insurance company employed the services of a leading landscape architect, Nathan E. Barrett. With Horace Crosby, a civil engineer and long-time New Rochellean, Barrett laid out the ground-breaking site plan. 

Read more and view a map of the historic district.