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August 15, 2013

The New York Times Speaks with Barbara Davis about New Rochelle History

The New York Times recently spoke with our very own Barbara Davis (city historian and the community relations coordinator for the New Rochelle Public Library) about the silent film era and how New Rochelle was the place where studios, film tycoons and actors called home.

It turns out that Vernon and Irene Castle first met at the rowing club headquarters (at Hudson Park).  You also might not have know that Lillian Gish used to live in a home that is now the Huguenot Yacht Club.

Edwin Thanhouser, center, in a studio in New Rochelle.

Barbara discusses how Edward Thanhouser (known as the Wizard of New Rochelle) had a famous studio near where I-95 passes through our downtown and how the Thanhouser family lived on Main Street.

The Thanhouser studio used the New Rochelle waterfront as a backdrop in many films.

Do you know what the Thanhouser crew did as their studio tragically burned to the ground?

Click the link to read the story and learn:
New York Times: Getting a Close-Up of the Silent Film Era

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