What remains of Manhattanville’s Claremont Inn

The “Claremont, New York” in this turn-of-the-century postcard looks like a Hudson River village, doesn’t it? But it’s actually the site of present-day Riverside Drive and 124th Street.

“Upon the high promontory overlooking the Hudson, on the south side of Manhattanville, is Jones’ Claremont Hotel,” states an 1866 Hudson River guidebook.

“[It’s] a fashionable place of resort for the pleasure-seekers who frequent the Bloomingdale and Kingsbridge roads on pleasant afternoons.”

Originally built as a country estate around 1780, it became a roadside tavern by 1860, a favorite of horsemen, cyclists, and drivers and frequented by wealthy families and celebs of the day, such as Admirable Dewey and Lillian Russell.

Battered by Prohibition and the Depression, the Claremont burned in a mysterious fire in 1951.

The city didn’t completely forget about this remnant of old Manhattanville; a plaque exists in Riverside Park (above), marking the spot where this Hudson River estate turned popular tavern entertained countless New Yorkers.

[Tablet photo from the New York City Parks Department]

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7 Responses to “What remains of Manhattanville’s Claremont Inn”

  1. Parnassus Says:

    A very appealing post. I like to think of the old estate/tavern, and I also like that even the historical marker seems a bit weathered.

  2. History Lessons: In Postcards, Remembering 10 NYC Hotels That Are Long Gone – insiderater.com Says:

    […] Today, there’s no evidence of the Claremont Inn, which once sat at 124th Street and Riverside Drive. There is a Parks Department plaque, though, detailing its history: first as a residence dating to […]

  3. Leslie Says:

    There is a painting of the Claremont painted circa 1855 which should be at the Metropolitan museum of art.

  4. Joe Says:

    I always wonder if the proposed entrance / exit ramp from Riverside Drive above to the West Side Highway below influenced the “mysterious” fire that had the building scrapped, as Moses oversaw the parkland both were built on.

  5. General Grant’s first tomb on Riverside Drive was a lot more modest | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] drive alongside it, then called Riverside Avenue, was to be a peaceful carriage road leading to the 18th century inn known as Claremont at 124th Street and […]

  6. John Gallagher Says:

    My great-grandparents went to the Claremont Inn on dates and were at the dedication of Grant’s Tomb. He was a Civil War veteran.

  7. Roosevelt Island Historical Society » Friday, October 1, 2021 – YES, GENERAL GRANT AND HIS WIFE ARE ENTOMBED IN NEW YORK Says:

    […] alongside it, then called Riverside Avenue, was to be a peaceful carriage road leading to the 18th century inn known as Claremont at 124th Street and […]

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