A walk around Mount Kisco – Fire Fighters 9/11 Memorial

According to Picture this on Granite:

For this monument, Picture This On Granite (Note: Laser engraving specialists) was proud to help pay tribute and honor the Fire Fighters who risked their lives to save people caught in the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. Our Graphic designer worked with the committee’s concept to further customize it in a black granite memorial resembling the Twin Towers.

The monument consists of black and gray granite with two 7-foot structures representing the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and a five-sided pool to represent the Pentagon, which was also struck in the terrorist attacks. Further explained on the informational plaques is that the gently swaying grasses in the perimeter garden represents the fields of the Shanksville, PA crash site. The gently flowing fountain waters, represent the continuity of life. The words « Never Forget » are a theme and the names of all the firefighters, as well as two men from the local fire protection district, who lost their lives, are engraved. The steel beam to the left of the monument was recovered from the World Trade Center site.

Groundbreaking was in November 2010; the Mount Kisco monument was completed and dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the attack, Sept 11, 2011.

Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic/Mju II.

A walk around Mount Kisco – Not the post office

The large frieze towards the top of the building reads “United States Post Office”. But don’t be misled. If you look just below the right window in the door you’ll see a small sign, which reads “This is not the post office”.

Of course it once was, but now it’s occupied by Singleton, Davis and Singleton PLLCwhose web site states:

Our office, the Post Office, is a lot like us….firmly grounded in history and tradition. In a way, it precisely reflects our values and practice. To walk through our doors is to travel back to a time when quality and personal service mattered, when structures and relationships were built to endure for decades, and when a sense of community and stewardship was the bedrock of a strong society.

Famed architect, Mott Schmidt, designed the old Mount Kisco Post Office. As in many of his buildings, Schmidt deftly accommodated the requirements of modern life: a post office and municipal government office complex within the envelope of the 18th century idiom known as Georgian. Like many of his eclectic contemporaries, Schmidt demonstrated that with knowledge and creative adaptation, the style could not only endure, but also provide continuity with cultural traditions cherished by the residents of a town like Mount Kisco or Bedford, where he made his own home. This building compares favorably to other 1930s colonial revival public buildings, such as Cameron Clark’s Town Hall in Washington, Connecticut, and Aymar Embury’s Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. Arched windows and classic lighting fixtures lend a welcoming air of old-world elegance. Inside, the building houses a grand piano, bronze postal boxes, and several historic WPA murals.

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A walk around Mount Kisco – A lovely old victorian

According to Captivating Houses:

About This 1877 Theodore Carpenter House In New York.

The Theodore Carpenter House stands today as one of the finest examples of a Second Empire Victorian. Built in 1877 for a prominent Mt. Kisco merchant, the house served as a principal location for the filming of the E.L Doctorow classic novel “Ragtime.” Wonderfully authentic, the house is restored and in beautiful condition. Matching pairs of double doors lead through the front vestibule to a center hallway.

The parlor, living room and dining room are each flooded with natural light from oversized windows. Eleven feet ceilings are handsomely detailed with crown and plaster moldings. The kitchen is tastefully renovated-blending perfectly with the original character. Four generously sized bedrooms include a master suite with private bath, office and walk-in closet. A period carriage barn includes garaging and a two story, 2 bedroom accessory apartment. Admired by many for generations and much loved by its owners for over 20 years, the house known as “Ragtime” begins its next chapter.

Please bear in mind that the information above comes from a real estate site and suffers from the usual hyperbole.

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A walk around Mount Kisco – St. Marks Episcopal Church

According to the church’s website:

Saint Mark’s has provided a history of continuous Anglican worship dating back to 1761. In that year a mission church then called Saint George’s, was established on a plot of ground across the street from the current Friendly’s Restaurant on East Main Street, just south of the Northern Westchester Hospital complex. (The area was then referred to as North Castle, explaining early references to “Saint Mark’s North Castle” as opposed to “Saint Mark’s Mount Kisco.”)

St. Mark’s was formally recognized as a religious corporation in New Castle in 1850, largely through the efforts of the Reverend R. M. Harris, rector of Grace Church, White Plains.

A new church was built on the site of the earlier Saint George’s which was sold in 1819 due to extensive damage from Revolutionary War battles. According to records, the new building was a “model for a country church, 50 by 30 feet with a tower projecting 8 feet in front.” Exclusive of stained glass and the furniture, it cost $2,050. The burying ground, which was in back of Saint George’s and then St. Mark’s, remains to this day. It contains graves dating back to the Revolutionary War.

With the coming of the railroad, the community around the Mount Kisco station began to grow. In order to serve the new people, it became necessary in the early 1880’s to hold missionary services at the Town Hall. In time, it was felt that the church should be nearer to the new community, so the Rector, the Reverend Egisto F. Chauncey, bought a lot for $420, upon which the present church stands. In 1910 Mr. Chauncey engaged the firm of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson to build a new church. Mr. Bertram G. Goodhue undertook the work, the cost to be $60,000.

The cornerstone was laid in 1910, and is inscribed with these words in Latin: ‘Where there is no vision the people perish'” (Proverbs 29:18). On St. Mark’s Day, 1917, the new church was consecrated by the Right Reverend David Hummel Greer, Bishop of New York. In 1921 the Peace Tower was dedicated, and in 1929 the south aisle and the Parish House were added. In 1954 the Parish House was remodeled to provide classrooms for a growing Church School. The most recent addition was the Columbarium which was added to the south of the Church, in 1961.

Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic/MjuII.

A walk around Mount Kisco – Native American Statue

One of the first things I came across was this interesting looking statue.

According to the Village’s website:

There is a statue named “Chief Kisco” in Mount Kisco. There never was a real person with that name. David F. Gorham gave the statue to Mount Kisco in 1907 as a decorative top to a water fountain. On the base of the pedestal are the words “God’s Only Beverage For Man and Beast.” Chief Kisco rules over the village from his perch at the intersection of Routes 133 and 117.

Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic/Mju II.