Resident Fighting To Save Yonkers Bath House

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – City officials said public bath house No. 4 in Yonkers is structurally unsound and needs to be demolished, but one resident is fighting to save it from the wrecking ball.

“It should be considered historically before we make the decision to remove it,” said Terry Joshi, who applied for the building to be declared a landmark.

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The building was built in 1925 and once used as a bath house and for recreation. The building was available for all local residents.

“It is sort of a Moorish influence. It has those lovely Spanish rounded tiles on the roof. It has Moorish-influence arched windows over the front façade,” Joshi said.

Despite the architectural influence, the City still wants it gone and called the building unsound—something that Joshi isn’t buying.

“It’s a little unclear as to what’s wrong with the building,” Joshi said. “This is a piece of American history, not just Yonkers history.”


  • Berni

    drove by the bathhouse today by chance on a medical housecall. I was intrigued enough by the unique, obviously historical structure to google it. I was surprised the building wasn’t put to use as a business or coop of some kind. Now I understand. What a shame.

  • Robert Kagan

    The people of Yonkers have taken an exquisite city of historic buildings, and defaced or demolished them. It is an embarrassment to be a resident of such a beautiful city that is being ignorantly destroyed. EVERY building that is constructed recently has ignored the intrinsic value of ALL our buildings, and it is obvious that the powers that be know nothing about restoration or re-use of old structures. New structures like the Library in downtown Yonkers and the “New” Yonkeers that is being built aside the GARBAGE DUMP are all that they praise. Ugly is replacing gorgeous. Every building demolished decreasess the value of our properties. Vinyl siding and plastic windows replace restorable old ones. What people do not realize is that the preservation of the old lasts much longer than cheap new. Why can’t we follow examples of other cities and towns, and restore intelligently, instead of being so stupid? Won’t somebody pay attention? Being so close to New York City makes us really desireable for prime real estate. But, not if we keep doing ignorant things to Yonkers. We are the laughing stock of all of Westchester, and the country, when we were once the most beautiful and respected. HELP!

  • pugphan

    It sounds like corporate suits want to put something there. They’ve been doing it all over the country. smokersodysseycom

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