Alderbrook House

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

DATE: 1858-59

Designated December 14, 2010

Overlooking the Hudson River in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, the Alderbrook House is a rare example of a mid-19thcentury Hudson River villa in New York City. Probably built by Oscar C. and Ada Woodworth Ferris between 1858 and 1859, Alderbrook is one of the two oldest villas in The Park-Riverdale, an exclusive residential development begun in 1856.
Influenced by the designs and publications of Andrew Jackson Downing and Calvert Vaux, Alderbrook is a picturesque residence, exhibiting both Italianate and Gothic Revival characteristics. Remarkably well-preserved, the house retains its generous veranda, gabled roofline featuring deep flared eaves, brackets, and gable trusses, and tall brick chimneys with grouped flues and decorative niches. Few Hudson River villas remain in New York City; making Alderbrook truly unique.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission ALDERBROOK HOUSE, 4715 Independence Avenue Designation Report

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

Take Action

Add the next LPC meeting to your calendar.

Let your local representative know you care.

Share your photos of this neighborhood

Help preserve New York’s architectural history with a contribution to HDC

$10 $25 $50
Other >

Local Voices

“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

Local Voices

“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”

Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

Local Voices

“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”

Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

Local Voices

“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”

Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society