For over a hundred years the Forest Hills Inn has served as the centerpiece of the Forest Hills Garden community. Built in 1912 the Forest Hills Inn (now Station Square Inn apartments) remains a potent symbol of the neighborhood. Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, the Inn, like all of the homes of the Forest Hills Gardens, was modeled after the Tudor style English Garden cities. Atterbury was tasked with creating a building that would function as the town center, provide the only commercial space allocated within the community, and still blend harmoniously with the suburban community. Incorporating steel and masonary materials the inn's unqiue style and modern techniques were unparrelelled. Surrounded by Station Square, the Forest Hills Inn served as the gateway to the Forest Hills community during its early stages. Now over a hundred years old, the Forest Hilsl Inn (now Station Square Inn Apartments) remains the centerpiece of Forest Hills Gardens, and the landmark building of this community. With its 98 apartments, commercial presence, and link to the train station, the forest Hills inn remains an icon.
Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, the Inn, like all of the homes of the Forest Hills Gardens, was modeled after the Tudor style English Garden cities. Being adjacent to the Long Island railroad, and the West Side Tennis Club, the Inn quickly attracted many visitors. At one time a full time staff of over 40 people resided in the Inn, such was the popularity of the Inn that the additional buildings of the Marlboro and the Raleigh were later added.
In 1967 the Inn was converted into Cooperative Apartments. Today Station Square Inn apartments offers the elegance and history of old New York.
In 1909 the Russell Sage Foundation purchased land with the intention of establishing a new model community, as a philanthropic organization, it was their intent to develop an inclusive community where all strata of society would have modern homes. Their model the Garden Cities of England, were defined by their use of green spaces and they planned to create a community that would mimic this style.
On the left, a view of Forest Hills before its development, the community was dominated by farms and green space. On the right a view of the inn as it was being constructed.
Forest Hills Inn