The Washburn Building, later the Warburton Building and Music Hall, and later the Warburton Theater
-- 45 Warburton Avenue
As Yonkers grew in the late 1800's, the need for places where people could congregate for business,
social, and cultural reasons was critical. Many organizations built halls and meeting places throughout the city to suit their
own needs. In 1876 a group of businessmen built a large building to directly address the greater needs of all residents. This
was called the Washburn Building. A few years later their fortunes failed and it was sold and renamed the Warburton Building.
An extension was added and opened in 1884 called the Music Hall. The Music Hall was situated just to the north of Philipse
Take a look at the photos and articles about
its glorious past. Keep in mind that in the 1880s there was no recorded music. The only way for people to hear concerts or
see performances was to see them live. Its hard to imagine what this must have been like thinking about all of the options
available today. However, one of the benefits at that time was the social aspect. One needed to go out of the home to experience
a concert or performance and therefore the society at that time had far more of a social nature than today.
Unfortunately as in the case of many landmarks whose time and need had run its
course, it was demolished in the 1970's.
Read the following history of thie great ediface as contained in "The History of Westchester" published
Below is an article from the New York Times detailing the opening festivities of the Music Hall on April
The photo below is circa 1890's and shows the Music Hall. Note the building also housed offices and a
Below is another view of the Music Hall circa 1904.
Below is an excerpt from an 1894 article about Yonkers boasting about the Music Hall:
click here to READ THE FULL ARTICLE ABOUT LIFE IN YONKERS IN 1894
As the above article alludes, Yonkers was a great testing ground for Vaudeville acts headed to New York City.
According to a Yonkers History book published by Frank Walton (Pillars of Yonkers) in 1951, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and others
appeared in performances in Yonkers at the turn of the last century.