Fieldston Landmark

Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Fieldston Historic District in the Bronx. The plot of land was purchased in 1829 Joseph Delafield, whose estate sold part of it to the Manhattan Teachers College in 1909, with the remaining land to be developed as a private park devoted exclusively to country homes.

Engineer Albert Wheeler was hired in 1914 to formalize the layout, and in 1928 a handbook was prodeced that listed approved architects for the private community. Standards were relaxed in the 1950’s, so among the 257 buildings that compose this district–most of which have Medieval, English Tudor, Mediterranean, Dutch and Georgian Colonial styles–some are decidedly modern.

-Matthew Grace Fieldston Landmark