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Westchester The American Suburb
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Westchester: The American Suburb explores the suburb from its dawning as a city bedroom community to its place today, in America , as an enormously popular geographic entity in its own right. Westchester County , the world-famous suburb that borders New York City s Manhattan and Bronx boroughs, is one of this country s earliest suburbs.
More than half of all Americans live in suburbs as revealed in the 2000 U.S. Census. Films and books say the same. American Beauty, Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House, The Swimmer and Poltergeist are modern stories that show the suburban town as an icon of the contemporary home environment. Westchester: The American Suburb defines the links between the family and their home s architecture and landscape, and asks: What forces brought these homes to us? What will happen to the American Dream in the years ahead?
The exhibition s photography, paintings, memorabilia and model kitchen give a detailed look at Westchester County s social culture, and organizes the story of Westchester s growth around themes relevant to all American suburbs house styles; portraits families living in their houses, families as consumers shopping for their houses; the suburban house hubs the kitchen, the porch and the patio; the first transportation grids that made Westchester a home destination for those working in the cities.
The migration from city to suburb did not, however, wait for TV sitcom reality. Westchester is similar to other communities near America s cities where growth blossomed in the 1890s following newly laid railroad track, and then boomed in the 1940s as World War II soldiers returned home. But suburbanization pre-dates the Civil War, Washington Irving was an early migrant, building Sunnyside, his Tarrytown house, in the 1830s that was a prototype for later suburban homes. Westchester: An American Suburb also shows the history of Glenview , the Hudson River Yonkers home that is part of the museum s cultural complex. Financier John Bond Trevor, who built the house in 1877, is another New York City resident whose wealth allowed him to find a more relaxed and spacious lifestyle than the city could offer.
Westchester: An American Suburb was co-curated by Hudson River Museum Curator of Exhibitions Bartholomew Bland; Curator of Collections Laura L. Vookles; and Roger Panetta, Professor of History at Marymount College of Fordham University and Adjunct Curator of History at the Hudson River Museum . [via]