OUR HISTORY

Coldstream Purchased by William Patterson (donor and namesake of Patterson Park) in 1805 where the family entertained their friends with strawberry parties, accompanied by champagne and followed by dancing on the lawn. Homestead Built by Thomas Gorsuch around 1731, the estate lasted until 1851 when Robert Gorsuch Jr. subdivided the estate into the village of Homestead-Coldstream, which was built around 1793. Montebello The most exquisite country estate that comprised the neighborhood  had two nationally prominent owners General Samuel Smith and John Garrett.

 

Architecture and Surrounding

Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello contains diverse (federalist and colonial style town and single family) housing types constructed during the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.  Most houses are of the daylight type built in the late 1910’s and 1920s, many by Frank Novak and by E. J. Gallagher. These two and three -story homes with large porches were designed so that daylight would reach all rooms. Both builders advertised the elevated and healthy location of the neighborhood as well as its proximity to the Harford Avenue streetcars, grand Olmsted Brothers Boulevards, City College, Clifton Park and Lake Montebello.

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