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Bronx River Parkway Reservation, The Bronx to Kensico Dam, White Plains, Westchester County, NY
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The Bronx to Kensico Dam, White Plains vicinity, NY
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER NY-327
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N912).
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
Significance: The Bronx River Parkway Reservation was the first public parkway designed explicitly for automobile use. The project began as an environmental restoration and park development initiative that aimed to transform the heavily polluted Bronx River into an attractive linear park connecting New York City's Bronx Park with New York City's Kensico Dam and reservoir. With the addition of a parkway drive the project became a pioneering example of modern motorway development. It combined beauty, safety, and efficiency by reducing the number of dangerous intersections, limiting access from surrounding streets and businesses, and surrounding motorists in a broad swath of landscaped greenery.
Cannon, James G.
Thayer, J Warren
Andow, Brandon, Field Team
Ramaswamy, Kamalahasan, Field Team
Davis, Tim, Historian
Duensing, Dawn, Historian
Haas, David, Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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