Glenview is a river home with a past that first began with its building in 1876.
New York City financier John Bond Trevor (1820 – 1890) commissioned Charles W. Clinton to design Glenview as a country residence for his family. Trevor and his second wife, Emily Norwood, and their children Mary, Emily, John Jr., and Trevor’s eldest son, Henry, from his first marriage moved into the home in 1877. Glenview’s twenty-four rooms were outfitted with the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing, gas lighting, and a huge coal-burning furnace. Fashionable, the house was decorated in the Aesthetic Movement style, sometimes called Arts and Crafts. Cabinetmaker Daniel Pabst came from Philadelphia to carve the wooden cabinet work and staircases, while Leissner and Louis, from New York, painted the stenciled walls and ceilings. Emily Norwood Trevor and her daughter Emily lived in the house until Mrs. Trevor’s death in 1922. The house was put up for sale, many of its contents sold at auction. The house, itself, was sold to the City of Yonkers, and opened as the Yonkers Museum of Science and the Arts in 1924, renamed The Hudson River Museum of Yonkers in 1948 and, then, renamed, again, The Hudson River Museum of Westchester. In the 1960s, the Museum began to restore the home as an historic residence that showed lifein a home of the Gilded Age. It first opened period rooms in the 1970s and they included the Ebony Library, the Great Hall, the Parlor, and the Sitting Room. There are only two protective barriers in Glenview, otherwise you may walk freely among the collections, or you may take the Street View Tour.