Nyack’s most famous house on North Broadway was once home to the First Lady of American Theatre. On Sun May 5 you can take a rare tour of Helen Hayes’ storied house on the Hudson, Pretty Penny, to benefit Nyack’s Edward Hopper House Art Center.
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by Bill Batson
Legend has it that when Helen Hayes MacArthur first saw this fine example of Italianate architecture on North Broadway, her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur told her it would cost them a Pretty Penny. The name stuck. From 1934 until 1990, the actress who was known to the world as the First Lady of American Theater lived here in the Village of Nyack as a mother, wife, neighbor and civic leader –not as a celebrity. This week’s sketch log is composed almost entirely from remarks made by Mrs. MacArthur in a private home in Nyack sometime in the 1980’s.
by Bill Batson
When Ray Wright was selling real estate, he would tell people trying to find his office to look for the prettiest house in Nyack. When those prospective buyers arrived at Wright Bros. Real Estate on the corner of Depew Avenue and South Broadway, they were relieved that their broker was as honest as he was bold. This stunning example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture, that was the basis of Wright’s boast, stands as a symbol to the longest continually operating real estate company in Rockland County.
Learn the history of the Hopper House, the “Goosetown Against the World” fire company, Pretty Penny and the Port of Upper Nyack during the Upper Nyack Walking Tour on Sunday 10/4. Nyack history fans and walking enthusiasts should meet at the Hopper House at 2pm. No reservations required. There’s a[…]