Houlihan Lawrence Reopens Storied Bronxville Office
Real Estate In-Depth | September 2016
BRONXVILLE—Residential brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence recently announced the grand re-opening of its historic Bronxville brokerage office at 4 Valley Road.
To celebrate Houlihan Lawrence’s investment in its Bronxville brokerage and continued success in the community, their team opened its office doors to the surrounding community for a night of live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event marked the completion of an extensive, historically accurate restoration of the structure.
“We’re proud of our Bronxville heritage and deep roots in the community,” said Cynthia Landis, the firm’s Bronxville brokerage manager since 2007. “This very building was the birthplace of Houlihan Lawrence, and after 128 years we’re still here and thriving.”
Once a simple gatehouse guarding the estate of James Minot Prescott, the structure was acquired by William Van Duzer Lawrence in 1888 with his purchase of that property. Lawrence hired architect William Bates to convert it into a sales office for his Lawrence Park homes, which blossomed behind it. The progressive development project, modeled on the artist’s colonies of France’s Fontainebleau Forest, soon led to a full-fledged enterprise which today ranks among the nation’s top brokerages, with 30 offices and 1,300 agents north of New York City.