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[ARCHIVED] Greenburgh Slice of History

Moving to Tarrytown, but, Running Out of Room: Town Halls of the Past Part II



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Moving to Tarrytown, but, Running Out of Room: Town Halls of the Past Part II

By: Riley Wentzler & Felicia Barber

with research assistance from Ryan Stuzin


As previously stated in our last article Greenburgh Town Hall has not always  been in its current location at 177 Hillside Ave. There have been many previous  locations. This article picks up the story of Greenburgh Town Hall from 1916-1956.


Fulling Building (1916 - 1931)


Town Hall moved to the Fulling Building in 1916 (Dashwood 1916). This building takes its name from the developer who paid for its construction, George W. Fulling (Tarrytown Daily News Friday, August 6, 1915). The Fulling Building is located at 17-19 North Broadway Tarrytown. Town Hall remained in this building until 1931 (Hastings News, Friday July 31, 1931 p. 5),when it left because there wasn’t enough room for all of the offices. At that point it entered the Lyceum Building (Hastings News,  Friday July 31, 1931 p. 5).


Lyceum Building (1931 - 1956)


Located at 1 Central Avenue Tarrytown, many businesses and organizations have called the Lyceum Building home, including Town Hall (Hastings News, Friday July 31, 1931 p. 5). The Lyceum Building was home to Town Hall starting in 1931, but it wasn’t quite a perfect home, for the same reason the Fulling Building had not been. Like its predecessor, it still didn’t have enough space for all of the town government. Two offices, The Building Inspector and the Department of Public Works, had to share one office in the second floor of a building on the corner of West Hartsdale and Central Avenue (Greenburgh Bicentennial Commission, 1998, p 61). This quest for greater space would eventually force five offices to move off the premises in 1956 (Hastings News, Thursday December 6, 1956 p.10). Therefore, the journey of the Town Hall continued. 



We hope you have enjoyed this week’s article. Next week, Town Halls of the Past Part III, will cover 1956-1970.





Previous Slices of History include:












































  • Hastings’ Best and Brightest: Nobel Laureates of Hastings


















About the Authors:


We are both Assistant Town Historians at Greenburgh Town Hall and we are engaged to be married and are currently looking for permanent employment.


Riley Wentzler:

I was born and raised in a small rural town in central Pennsylvania. In high school, I took every honors course available including four years of Spanish. I received A’s in all of them. I graduated third in my class of 146 students. This brought me to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Once there, I continued my trend of academic excellence. I graduated summa cum laude in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a Master’s in Communication Studies, with a G.P.A of 3.94.  It was also there that I met my lovely fiancée, Felicia Barber. My Master’s in Communication has promoted public speaking, teamwork, and customer service. My Political Science degree has developed my research skills using computer-based tools and provided me with experience using the Microsoft Office products. My minor in Spanish has facilitated my bilingual capabilities. During my internship at Greenburgh, I created the petition for the State Roads project using website tools. My diverse education and areas of interest have provided me with a wide range of skills. I look forward to finding a career opportunity in business or government. To suggest a topic for next week’s article, you can contact me at assistanthistorian@greenburghny.comor to help me find employment, you can contact me at 


Felicia Barber:

I was born in New York City and raised in Hartsdale, New York. I graduated from Ardsley High School. I recently earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was here that I met my fiancé, Riley Wentzler. As a result of my academic excellence, I won a scholarship every year. I learned and applied many graphic design skills to projects during my summer internships and at school. I am proficient in using Adobe graphic design applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. For my Identity/branding course at Edinboro, I created logos to appear on the tee-shirts of Physical Education majors. For a veteran’s upcoming event, I used a typeface to focus the reader to the soldier in the poster. For the State Roads Legislative Campaign project, I created the embedded graphic-photo that accompanied the petition I am looking for a job to utilize my skills as a Graphic Designer in an agency, print shop, company or government To suggest a topic for next week’s article, you can contact me at assistanthistorian@greenburghny.comTo learn more about my artwork or to help me find employment you can contact me at


Volunteer - Research Assistant - Ryan Stuzin:

I was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. I am a senior at Edgemont High School, where I am captain of the varsity ski and golf teams. I also cover the ski team for the Scarsdale Inquirer. I have been a volunteer junior ski patroller at Stratton Mountain in Vermont and founded the Red Cross Club at my high school. I will be attending Colgate University in the fall, with a plan to study political science and/or history and eventually go to law school. I participated in the Town of Greenburgh internship program last summer, which inspired me to learn more about our town and its government. That, coupled with my love of history, is what prompted me to reach out to Riley and Felicia to help them with their articles about the history of Greenburgh.


Two Interviews with the authors:






Dashwood, R. (1916, June 16). Notice to Contractors. Dobbs Ferry Register , p. 9

Greenburgh Bicentennial Commission. (1998). Greenburgh: A Glimpse of Our Past. Greenburgh, New York: Greenburgh Bicentennial Commission.


unknown. (1915, August 6). George W. Fulling and Town Board of Greenburg Come to and Work will be Started on Broadway Site. Tarrytown Daily News , p. Front .


Unknown. (1931, July 31). Town Hall Moves Offices into New Building. Hastings News, p. 5.


Unknown. (1956, December 6). Town Offices Leave Tarrytown. Hastings News , p. 10.

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