Saturday, June 30, 2012

Craftsman Stunner on Beechwood Avenue

Irvington has an amazing diversity of housing stock.  Grand Italianate villas sit near small post-World War II cottages, and then there is 5621 Beechwood Ave.  Built in 1912, for William G. and Sadie Forsythe, the home, according to local historian Paul Diebold, "has a distinctive pattern of half timbering on its facade."  Mr. Diebold in his book Greater Irvington also commented on the Prairie influence in the design.  Possibly created by Charles H. Byfield, the dwelling stood as the only house on Beechwood Avenue from Burgess to Audubon for many years.  William Forsythe (no relation to the artist William Forsyth) was a railway clerk.  His wife Sadie stayed at home and raised their children Helen, Marjorie and William, Jr.  The couple also employed a servant.  They moved from the dwelling in 1920.  Other families to occupy the beautiful home were the Falloons, Grays, and Beckers.

5621 Beechwood in 1923

In 1923, Delta Delta Delta Sorority moved in and stayed for the remainder of the decade.  After Butler departed Irvington in 1928, the lovely structure served as a long term home for several families.

Interior shots taken in 1923--5621 Beechwood Avenue

Notice the stunning woodwork, the unusual staircase, and the beautiful fireplace.  The home used to have a porte de cochere so that visitors would not get wet upon their arrival.  Wouldn't it be great to pay the home a visit during these days?  Notice the wallpaper frieze.  I wonder what colors the walls might have been.

5621 Beechwood Avenue in 2012

The historic images are courtesy of Amy Friedly.


  1. Love this post! I am a Tri Delta and a former Irvington resident. I would have loved to see the house in all its Delta Delta Delta glory :)

  2. Hi Jen--Thanks for checking out this post. I agree! It was and is a glorious home!