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Getting to Know Alexander Smith Carpet Mills Historic District, NY

The car accident attorneys in Alexander Smith Carpet Mills Historic District, NY, at Banville Law present the following details on the neighborhood's history and highlights.

Alexander Smith Carpet Mills Historic District

The national historic district is located in Northwest Yonkers within Westchester County, New York. Some of the closest communities include Whitney Young, Dunwoodie, Bryn Mawr Park, and Park Hill. The district takes up 38 acres and is bounded by Saw Mill River Road, Orchard Street, Lake Avenue, and Ashburton Avenue. 


The historic district was established in 2016, but its history dates back decades ago. In 2005, private developers purchased two buildings on Nepperhan Avenue. At the time, 25 artists worked out of the Mills. This community of artists continued to grow and finally became the YOHO Artist Community and is based out of two buildings on Nepperhan Avenue. With over 50 studios and galleries in the area, these artists include producers of:

  • murals
  • collages
  • sculptures
  • mixed media
  • portraits

Through social events and promotion, developers were able to grow the community from the original 25 to 85 artists within eight years. Other sections of the Mills that are owned by other developers began to catch on to the trend. Eventually, the developers collaborated with city officials to establish the Carpet Mills Artists District on April 5, 2016.

Historic District

The historic district was added in 1983 to the National Register. As many as 85 buildings within the community were also added. Many of these structures were built between 1871 and 1930 along the Saw Mill River.

Alexander Smith and Sons was the largest carpet works factory. It was owned by Alexander Smith and was built in 1871. It closed in 1954 to relocate to Mississippi after many employees went on strike. The mill employed 2,400 workers at the time it closed down. However, at the peak of its production during World War II, there were as many as 7,000. These workers lived in the six rows of housing included in the historic place's register. 


Households within the district are mostly middle-income. The working population has a variety of occupations represented, such as: 

  • 28.3% executive, management, and professional positions
  • 27.3% sales and service jobs
  • 25.8% clerical, assistant, and tech support
  • 18.7% manufacturing and laborer occupations

Approximately 29.8% of the residents were born in countries other than the United States. English is spoken by 46.0% of neighborhood households. Other languages heard here include Spanish, Italian, and Urdu, which is the national language of Pakistan. The ancestries often identified with include:

  • 14.0% Puerto Rican
  • 13.0% Dominican
  • 10.8% Italian
  • 7.6% Mexican
  • 7.5% Irish

To learn more about the nearby towns: A Historic Look at Northwest Yonkers, NY

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: August 19, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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