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Amanda Schachter & Alexander Levi

Bronx River Right of Way: Reclaiming Cass Gilbert's Westchester Avenue Station for the Waterfront

In 2011, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi received the Richard L. Blinder Award for their project which proposes the relocation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of an abandoned hundred-year-old train station, currently off-limits and in ruins along the Lower Bronx River. On the Endangered Buildings List of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Westchester Avenue Station is one of thirteen station-stops designed between 1908 and 1916 by the renowned architect Cass Gilbert, for the defunct New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Today, only four remain, all in states of decay. Bronx River Right of Way provides a strategic framework for resituating the Westchester Avenue station house as a vital cultural node within the Bronx River network, by resiting it in the adjacent Concrete Plant Park, linked to contiguous waterways and waterfronts of Greater New York and beyond.


Westchester Avenue Station seen from Lower Bronx River (Photo Credit: Chris Kannen)

Updates!
Watch Bronx River Right-Of-Way
Watch the 3-D animation of Bronx River Right-of-Way by SLO Architecture, recipients of the 2011 Richard L. Blinder Award from the Fitch Foundation

Bronx River Right-of-Way from Amanda Schachter on Vimeo.



Visit SLO Architecture on Facebook to learn more about their project

Read the interview with Blinder awardees SLO Architecture in Urban Omnibus here

On Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6-8pm at Axor NYC Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi presented recent work on their 2011 Richard L. Blinder Award for Bronx River Right-of-Way.

Amanda and Alex lead a tour of the Cass Gilbert station for Open House New York (OHNY) on October 7, 2012.

Read about the project in Hunts Point Express.