Experience a cross section of American architecture and history while taking a stroll in Downtown New Rochelle. Download the BID Guide Map to assist you. As you reflect on the physical past preserved along Main Street, also experience its dynamic vibrancy, the unique spirit that, through the ages, has always made downtowns the heart of their communities, from ancient Roman forums to contemporary American central business districts. Get the best view of downtown’s outstanding architecture by looking up.
New Rochelle’s sweeping history, from Huguenot settlement to affluent suburban City, is evident in its downtown architecture. In the mid-1800s, the railroad, providing a critical link with New York City, enabled New Rochelle’s business district to flourish. Growth centered around the train station. In 1901, when George M. Cohan’s hit musical, "45 Minutes From Broadway," poked fun at the "rubes" in New Rochelle, this city of 10,000 was on its way to becoming one of the region’s most fashionable communities.
Over the next three decades, New Rochelle’s population quadrupled and by the 1930s it was one of the wealthiest communities in America, evident by its distinguished downtown Art Deco buildings. Entering the 21st century, downtown New Rochelle continues to exemplify America’s exciting commercial history as it develops into a dynamic center epitomizing the growing "Return to Downtown" movement. Main Street maintains the link between the community’s past and future.