Emergency Preservation Grants

Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx

Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx
1924 Freedman Home
Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Repaired Skylight

March 2012

The Andrew Freedman House looks like it belongs in the hills outside Florence. Instead it was built on the Grand Concourse in the 1920’s to house the formerly rich. Today it houses a Headstart program, senior programs, and serves as a gallery for local artists.

The villa was built by financier Andrew Freedman. He left part of his fortune to create a home for elderly people who had once been well-to-do so that they could retire in the proper style. The Renaissance building served this purpose until the 1960s.

In the early 1980s, the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council acquired the property. In addition to the various community programs, a portion of the southern wing has been converted to a bed and breakfast set to open next month. Most of the upper floors are vacant. The Senior Citizen Council has long-range plans for redeveloping the rest of the facility for housing.

On a walk through of the building, Conservancy staff noticed severe water damage beneath a large skylight in the southern portion of the building, the portion where the new bed and breakfast was being readied. A walk to the roof showed a broken skylight with plywood sheets resting over it. The Council knew that the roof and all its skylights needed repairs and in fact had sought proposals for the work but they needed funding.

The Conservancy offered an $11,000 emergency grant to replace the one skylight in the worst condition. The work was completed in early March. Additional work is going to be needed and we hope to continue to assist.

The emergency grant program directs its resources towards immediately needed work on historic properties owned by non-profit organizations.

Since 1999 the fund has underwritten over $400,000 in grants averaging between $10,000 and $15,000.