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William Van Duzer LAWRENCE

American William Van Duzer LAWRENCE

American millionaire real-estate and pharmaceutical mogul who is best known for having founded Sarah Lawrence College

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Born: on February 12, 1842 in Chemung Co., New York, USA
Died: on May 16, 1927 in Westchester Co., New York, USA


Lawrence used his wealth to pursue a wide variety of entrepreneurial and philanthropic enthusiasms. One of these was the development of real estate. In 1889, at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, he came out on the New York and Harlem Railroad to the small village of Bronxville to examine the prospects of a former farm of approximately 86 acres (350,000 m2) near the railroad station. He appreciated the possibilities of the property and its convenient location and purchased the entire property the following year. He envisioned a planned community of well-designed and well-built suburban homes. The lots were relatively modest in size and irregular in shape. They were not intended to be estates for the rich but sites large enough for comfortable middle-class homes, each planned to take advantage of the natural setting. The narrow, meandering roads were laid out to follow the contours of the land, and existing trees were preserved whenever possible.

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