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The Rivertowns, the Nyacks. A welcoming community filled with

history and perfect for today’s family and active lifestyle. 29 Division in South Nyack is a quintessential example of a Queen Anne Victorian of that period and style. Built in 1894 by notable architects Marshall and Henry Emery for Charles and Harriet McElroy and his family. Charles McElroy was a respected builder and Mayor of South Nyack in the early 1900s, where he led the dedication of the Nyack “Carnegie” library. His portrait can be seen in the Nyack library and in a family treasured lithograph that hangs in 29 Division today and will remain in the home to be handed down to its new owners. Many people have admired Nyack and its very distinctive “look” – no other Rivertown has quite the same swagger, quite the same panache – and one of the major reasons is the Architectural Firm of Marshall and Henry Emery. By designing and building so many Nyack structures such as the YMCA, the Carnegie Library, St. Ann’s Church, St. Paul’s Church, the Emery brothers basically defined the “Nyack Style”. This picture-perfect Queen Anne Victorian represents the epitome of “The Nyack House”.

The current owners are only the third family to live in the home. They have lovingly restored this Grande Lady to its vintage Emery style, while

Greeting you is the wide gracious wraparound porch with mahogany

still making this a home that meets today’s family needs. The Campagna

flooring welcoming you to partake in the feeling of “the love and warmth

family purchased this home in the summer of 2011, and have spent

of family, experienced yesterday and today by the current owners’ active

countless hours removing layers of paint, uncovering the original brick

family lifestyle”. Open the heirloom front door and enter the Grande

wall in the kitchen, restoring the home’s doorknobs and hinges throughout

Foyer, admiring the period woodwork throughout and the sweeping

and restored all the double hung window chains and weights, having

oak staircase with rare curved stained glass windows soaring to the

them expertly reinstalled. Using craftsman familiar with period homes

second floor. Unlike many other homes of the period, the wood on the

as resources, bit by bit they uncovered the past, like the original William

first floor did not require renovation.

Morris wallpaper from 1895 in a second floor bedroom. The public

Profile for Arlene Levine

Rivertown Magazine February 2019  

Rivertown Magazine February 2019