A reader writes:
The Post Road Veterinary Hospital (established in 1976) at 41 East Main Street has closed and will be demolished to make way for a car dealership parking lot. This small building is a very odd shape, and I heard it is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Could you shed some light on the history of this building before it gets hit by the wrecking ball?
A History Buff.
There is no one better to ask this sort of question that New Rochelle Historian Barbara Davis. I asked her look into the question.
"According to the Assessor’s Office records, the building was constructed c. 1932 as a bar and grill," said Davis.
She learned that the current small building in the front was attached to a lunch wagon that extended to the right side of the building
"It was called the Sun Haven Grill," said Davis. She noted that the lunch wagon had been manufactured just down the street at P.J. Tierney’s factory.
According to Davis, the lunch wagon was removed in 1937. The veterinarian hospital opened in 1944.
So, while mildly interesting there is no particular historic significance to the building. It is certainly not one of the oldest buildings in New Rochelle.
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