As part of the redevelopment of the Bronx River Greenway, SLO Architecture has proposed the transformation of a disused train station into an innovative two-part project for the Bronx River. Called the Bronx River Right-of-Way, the project would give new life to a disused historic structure built in the 1930s by architect Cass Gilbert. The project would divide the train station into two parts – a headhouse that would become an entryway into the park and a waiting room that could be made into a boathouse for kayakers.
Designed by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, the Bronx River Right-of-Way was inspired by the duo’s interest in re-enlivening the Bronx. The pair saw the historic significance of the abandoned station, which was designed by Cass Gilbert (most famous for designing the beautiful Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan). Aiming to preserve the historic gem and redirect attention to it, SLO’s project also amps up the park area surrounding the train track to draw in more visitors.
The transformation of the headhouse into the park entryway will connect the adjacent neighborhood to the park with a bridge that hovers over the railroad tracks, giving cyclists and pedestrians easy access to the grounds. The waiting room will be kept intact, and moved several yards away onto the Bronx River waterfront where it will serve as a visitor’s hub with bike rentals, public restrooms, kayak docking and a space for Parks Department maintenance.
If approved, the proposal would be funded in part by a grant from the James Marston Fitch Foundation, creating a new outdoor hub for the Bronx that also preserves a relic from an architectural great.