Historic Montrose Park Mansion Slated for Demolition
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 • 5:26pm
The historic home located at 425 Scotland Road has been targeted for demolition by Marylawn of the Oranges, owners of the property. Marylawn has requested a permit to demolish the historic home. The home is a key contributing historic building in the Montrose Park Historic District.
Built circa 1900, the beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque home was originally the home of Edward H. Graves, a New York City businessman who worked in finance. The home features a dumb waiter and a ballroom, still in beautiful condition.
In 1935, Marylawn of the Oranges purchased the home and turned it into a private girls’ school. In 1956, Marylawn removed another historic home on the north side of the house at the corner of Scotland Road and Montrose Avenue to construct the existing school building. The Graves home became a residence for nuns. The demolition of this home is apparently part of Marylawn’s goal of selling the three-acre property to a developer who would like to build a high rise multi-unit apartment building.
Currently, the property is zoned as residential. The Board of Trustees of the Montrose Park Historic District Association is opposed to both the demolition of the historic mansion and the development of a multi-unit apartment building.
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