Sometimes in Yonkers and in other older urban areas, we find and are forced to use the term “ruins” to describe what once was. Maybe we are lucky to find the cornerstone or foundation still intact like with the Park Hill Ruins in Yonkers, but other times, we come across things such as the Eschmann Carriage House.
A beautifully crafted miniature version of what once stood on the present day site of Museum Middle School / P.S.25.
What can I say…this Carriage House is brimming with history and is certainly a place that I would recommend you visit before it is permanently dispatched by the wreckers ball. But don’t just drive by it and go “oh wow…” but actually park your car on Warburton Ave and get out and spend 20 minutes walking around the perimeter of the structure and let your imagination run wild as I did a few weeks ago.
Standing there, gazing at the entrance that now has a gigantic piece of wood leaning up against it, I imagined Model T cars and other early 20th century conveyances being parked there from the mansion that stood adjacent to the structure.
Having been abandoned for over 30 years now, this structure also served as Fire Station 8 for a time before they moved just south to their permanent property. Knowing this, the structure does kind of lose its luster opposed to the thought that it was only a garage, which was built in the early 1900’s and for its whole life, only F.W.R Eschmann’s vehicles were the only things really ever parked in there.
In present day, I must say after the reminiscing and sentimentality fades, the structure can be quite daunting even in the middle of the day when I visited it as it is riddled with graffiti and probably god knows what or more importantly, god knows who inside.
I would not recommend venturing inside but I know that there are adventure seekers out there who probably would and if you have, please feel free to comment or leave pics!
So there are some things that can be observed about the inside that does kill the thought of this being such an “old” abandoned structure like the modern-day thermostat that is hanging and other areas of the rafters.
Still, the old Renaissance style structure stands proudly on Warburton Ave, and the outside in my opinion has ironically been preserved much much better than the inside
I love this perspective, the old Garage house in the foreground with the Buckingham Tower Apartment building rising behind it.
Father time has done some damage on the outside unfortunately, as can be seen on the roof of the garage house as I am sure summertime strong thunderstorms, wind and snow have damaged things unfortunately.
Still, the building has survived to see another day and when the day comes for it to be torn down, so will it be another bitter end to a property once owned by a Yonkers family.
One thing time has done to the building is spruced it up a bit and I mean that literally as vines now adorn the north and east side of the building, giving it actually a very authentic and dated look.
So if you are in the area one of these days, give this little piece of history a look-see and picture the parent structure, a great mansion just to the south and cars being moved at all hours of the day back and forth between the two buildings in a flurry of pre-war activity.