A plaque honoring Larchmont’s pioneer developer, Julius La Bonte, has been added to the boulevard.
A ceremony in December drew many Larchmont old-timers to witness the unveiling of the new sign in front of the city parking lot.
In 1921, La Bonte built the 600-foot long retail/office structure that runs from Lipson Plumbing to Chevalier’s Books. He also built a movie theater (former Blockbuster site) and several other retail buildings. The developer, whose daughter Charlotte La Bonte Lipson was unable to attend the ceremony, operated a building and loan business at the site of Chevalier’s.
La Bonte building tenants who joined Councilman Tom LaBonge at the dedication included Jerry Cottone (the barber shop owner who recently retired), Michael Snyder and David Haas of Haas Hair Design, Bob Vacca of Lipson Plumbing, Edie Frere, Landis Gifts & Stationery, and Marcie Bronkar of Marcie Bronkar Home Couture.
Plans for the commemoration were spearheaded by Shar Penfold.
For more information on Julius La Bonte, go to section two, page 6.