Hartsdale, New York is famous for many reasons, this includes one of the oldest picture photo framing businesses in the country, Heritage Frame & Picture Co.
Hartsdale residents and business owners have a lot to be proud about as they look into the town’s history. As history buffs, this is one of the reasons Heritage Frame enjoys installing custom photos, art and pictures as well as restoring art in Hartsdale. Discussing and discovering more about Hartsdale and the surrounding towns history, makes each service call another enjoyable moment.
Owner of Heritage Frame & Picture Co, which itself was founded in 1878, Ted Howell, a 4th generation master picture framing and art restoration craftsman, always welcomes the opportunity to discuss the vibrant history of both Heritage Frame and that of Hartsdale. In fact, he loves to share pictures and photos from “the old days” which was before Ted was born. If you would like to see some turn of the century photos and learn more about Heritage Frames’ history, click here.
Before we go to far, if you are looking to have your photo, picture, poster, certificate, portrait, diploma or anything else custom framed or need to have art restored or installed (commonly known as art hung) call us at 914-332-5200. Yes, we do give FREE custom framing, art restoration and installation estimates. We also come to your location and can meet with you after hours and weekends.
We work with interior decorators, galleries, museums, not for profits, banks, law firms, hotels, private art collectors, office buildings and residential buildings. We are known for our expert corporate framing and for participating in corporate events where we install art, provide corporate gift framing as well as ship and secure the art so it is transported safely.
We ship and pick up art from anywhere and everywhere. Please can contact us on our website by clicking here or call us at 914-332-5200 -or- 212-233-3205.
Furthermore, if you would like to try our online custom photo framing system where we have a large assortment of frames, matting and hardware, please click here or go to our online custom photo framing page by clicking here to learn more.
More than picture and photo framing, Heritage Frame is part of the Hartsdale and Westchester, New York community. We have served many happy and satisfied customers for almost 140 years who refer us to their friends, family and co-workers. We treat all of our customers like valued clients. In fact, Google Reviews rate us as a 5 stars photo and picture framing business.
So now that we have gotten that out of the way, I want to share with you some of the great historical facts about Hartsdale, N.Y.. This rich history is one of the reasons why many photographers and artist visit, work and reside in Hartsdale. It allows them to capture the beauty of a town who still has old world charm with new world technology, amenities and flavor.
The following content is a wonderful read and borrowed from Wikipedia. At the end there will be a link to the page to learn a lot more. So just remember, grab your camera, your drawing pencils and paint brushes. Capture the beauty and history of Hartsdale. We would love to design a custom frame for you to display in your home, office, business or event.
Photos, art, music, buildings, architecture and antiques allow us to embrace the past while living in the present. It is also a great way to add to your interior design work, some of the past as it brings with it a richness that can only be found by going back in time. Restoring artworks, hanging them in your restaurants, hotels, conference rooms and home make great conversation pieces and help them increase in value.
Please enjoy the read from Wikipedia…
Hartsdale, a CDP/hamlet/post-office in the town of Greenburgh, New York, lies on the Bronx River just 20 miles (32 km) north ofNew York City. It is served by the Metro-North Harlem River commuter rail line into Grand Central Terminal. Hartsdale is the home of America’s first canine pet cemetery (started by veterinarian Samuel Johnson in 1896), and the world’s first Carvel Ice Cream store (1934), which closed in 2008.
Hartsdale’s earliest settlers were the Weekquaeskeeks (sometimes spelled Weekquasgeeks), a sub-tribe of the Algonquian tribe that lived in most of southern New York, from Westchester down through Manhattan. Weekquaeskeek is an Algonquian term believed to mean “place of the bark kettle”, and this kettle appears in the Greenburgh town seal today.
After the earliest British colonialists arrived, the area was developed under the manor system when Frederick Philipse, a Dutch merchant and British Loyalist, was “given” the land by the British government. As lord of his Philipse Manor, he leased his land to tenant farmers who, at least for a time, were believed to have lived alongside their Native American neighbors.
There is evidence to show that Hartsdale played a significant role during the Revolutionary War, some of which still stands today. On October 28, 1776, a Revolutionary War battle was fought alongside the Bronx River, near the site of the current Hartsdale train station. The Odell House (on Ridge Road, built in 1732) served as the headquarters for the French general the Comte de Rochambeau, and is where the count and George Washington are supposed to have formed an alliance leading to the Battle of Yorktown. The house was later named after John Odell, Washington’s guide who bought the house in 1785. In 1965, his descendants deeded the house to the Sons of the American Revolution, and today the house is in severe decay, awaiting funds to transform it into a museum.
After the Continental Army and American colonialists won the Revolutionary War, Frederick Philipse III (third lord of the manor and great-grandson to Frederick Philipse I) fled, his land was confiscated and sold to the remaining farming tenants, many of whom were descendants of the Hart family. The intersection of Central Park Avenue and Hartsdale Avenue was named “Hart’s Corners” after Robert Hart, one of these farmers who successfully bid for the land, and in the mid-19th century the entire area became known as “Hartsdale”.
The area remained largely agrarian until 1865, when Eleazar Hart deeded land for the development of the New York and Harlem Railroad line into Manhattan, setting the stage for Hartsdale to change into a more cosmopolitan commuter village. Between 1880 and 1940, large tracts of farmland and estates were subdivided and converted into private houses and apartments at a furious pace. By the 1960s, almost no remaining farmland was left for sale.
In 1904, the successful German-Jewish banker Felix M. Warburg (1871–1937) purchased large tracts of land to build his 500-acre (2.0 km2) “Woodlands” estate in Hartsdale, a summer home next to the country club where he and his wife Frieda Schiff Warburg (1876–1958) spent considerable time. The estate would later become an important site in the history of modern American ballet, when on June 10, 1934, their son Edward M. M. Warburg (1908–1992) helped produce the first American performance of George Balanchine‘s masterpiece “Serenade“. In keeping with the family’s philanthropic efforts, Frieda Schiff Warburg, on her death in 1958, bequeathed a remaining 150 acres (0.61 km2) to the town of Greenburgh to build a public school. These 150 acres (0.61 km2) are now the home of the Greenburgh Central School District (formerly called Greenburgh Central 7 School District) and Woodlands High School. The main Warburg mansion currently serves as the school district headquarters, but other remnants from the original estate grounds can still be seen standing in the surrounding woods and neighboring streets. The Warburg family’s New York City home would later be donated to become the Jewish Museum of New York.
On February 9, 1928, Hartsdale made history when the Scottish inventor John Logie Baird (1888–1946) transmitted the world’s first inter-continental short-wave television signal from a transmitter (call sign 2KZ) in Coulsdon, Surrey (a suburb of London) to his colleague O. G. Hutchinson in the cellar of Robert M. Hart, an amateur radio operator (call sign 2CVJ) in Hartsdale.
In 1932, Henry Jacques Gaisman, inventor and founder of the Gillette safety razor blade, purchased 136 acres (0.55 km2) of land along Ridge Road, most of which he purchased from George A. C. Christiancy, son of the former U.S. minister to Peru, Isaac Peckham Christiancy. In 1952, at age 82, Gaisman married his nurse Catherine “Kitty” Vance Gaisman, aged 33, a former Catholic nun. In 1957, he and his wife Catherine (Mrs. Henry J. Gaisman) passed the title for his land to the New York Archdiocese for $600,000, with the agreement that they could live there as long as they wished. Mr. Gaisman died in 1974 at age 104, and Mrs. Gaisman remained on the estate until she moved to Connecticut in 1995. In 1999, the estate was saved from sale and development when the Town of Greenburgh acquired the property and reopened it as the Hart’s Brook Nature Preserve. Part of the agreement included the preservation of some portion of the estate as a home for retired Catholic nuns. Today the Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Foundation continues to donate large amounts of money to support medical research.
WOW. Isn’t that an exciting read. So the next time you need to decorate or want to display photos, artwork, old newspaper articles, letters or other antiques, you can probably find a whole assortment in your own backyard in Hartsdale.
If you want to meet with us at Heritage Frame & Picture Co or would like to speak with Ted Howell, you are always welcome to call us or stop by our framing shop.
Heritage Frame & Picture Co
8 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Email: [email protected]
If you would like to read more about the history of Hartsdale, here is the link to the page.