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Location 42 Wildcliff Rd., New Rochelle, New York

40°54′23″N 73°46′12″W / 40.90639°N 73.77000°W / 40.90639; -73.77000Coordinates: 40°54′23″N 73°46′12″W / 40.90639°N 73.77000°W / 40.90639; -73.77000

Built 1852
Architect Davis, Alexander
Architectural style Mid 19th Century: Gothic Revival, Late 19th & 20th Century: Tudor Revival[2]
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP December 31, 2002

Wildcliff, also referred to as the Cyrus Lawton House, is a historic residence overlooking Long Island Sound in New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York. The 20-room house, built in about 1852, was designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis in the gothic revival style. Tudor architectural features were added by a later owner.[3][4][5][6]

Clara Prince, whose family acquired the house in 1913, donated Wildcliff to the City of New Rochelle in 1940. She intended for it to be used as a natural science museum. It has since been used for that and other purposes, including a performing arts center.[3][6] The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 2002. [1] It had fallen into disrepair, and an extensive restoration project was initiated in 2006 to replace the slate roof and make numerous interior improvements.[4][5]

Since late 2010, the local organization Jen's Community at Wildcliff has been working with the City of New Rochelle and its citizens to bring awareness to the building and to create a preschool and education center.[7]


Further reading

  • Davis, Alexander Jackson, Day Book vol.2, October 1853 - December 1869 (collection Columbia University, Avery Library)
  • Davis, Alexander Jackson, Diary' [Journal] (collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Prints and Drawings)
  • Peck, Amelia, ed., Alexander Jackson Davis: American Architect 1803 - 1892. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rizzoli, 1992.
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