Backstory and Context
Alexander Masterton was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1814. Several years later, Masterton came to New York City and by 1819 he was training to become a mason and a stonecutter. He made Broome Street in lower Manhattan his home and became partners with Robert Smith.
In 1817 a large amount of marble was found near the village of Tuckahoe, New York. Masterton and Smith took advantage of this and setup workshop to cut and dress the quarry blocks into finished architectural elements. Instead of commuting from the city, Masterton decided to make Bronxville his home. (1)
When Alexander Masterton died in 1859, his daughter Mary Masterton Dusenberry inherited the house. The last member of the family to live in Masterton Dusenberry house was Mary's daughter Amie Dusenberry, who died in 1959. In 1980 Masterton Dusenberry house was added to National Register of Historic Places. The home is still a private residence (1).
The Masterton Dusenberry house was built on the foundation of marble. The house is three stories high, wood-framed, and has four fluted Doric columns in the front porch (2). The Greek revival home also has two parlors, five bedrooms, staff quarters on the third floor, and a original kitchen in the basement (4).
- Williams, Gray. Jackson, Kenneth T.. Picturing Our Past National Register Sites in Westchester County. New York.
- Historic House Tours , The Bronxville Historic Conservancy . Accessed April 10th 2020. https://bronxvillehistoricalconservancy.org/events/categories/historic-house-tours/.
- Alexander Masterton and His Wife and Children, LACMA. Accessed April 11th 2020. https://collections.lacma.org/node/731675.
- Why I Like Living In Bronxville, AllAboutBronxville. November 16th 2009. Accessed April 11th 2020. https://www.allaboutbronxville.com/2009/11/why-i-like-living-in-bronxville-homeowners-share-their-historical-residence.html.
National Register of Historic Places.
LACMA (source #3).
Westchester County Historical Society. Photo by Gray Williams.