The Billings Arcade is the original driveway and portico of the C.K.G. Billings Estate, completed during 1905-07. The top of the structure supports the Billings Lawn and the lower area with its Guastavino arches is a popular place for walks, wedding ceremonies, and photography.
In 2014, a $1.6M renovation project was completed of the southeastern section of the park that hadn’t been overhauled since the 1930s. NYC Parks revitalized the area by improving public access to pathways near the Billings Arcade and other former estate monuments which were incorporated by the Olmsted Brothers into the original design. Asphalt pavement, stairs, and landings were repaired and drainage, new benches, and lighting were installed. Historic drinking fountains were reconstructed. NYC Parks planted a significant conifer/evergreen population to create a one-mile horticultural “Winter Walk” – enhancing the already lovely Pine Lawn.
In 2021, with private funding and individual donations, the nonprofit Fort Tryon Park Trust conservancy completed the Billings Arcade Reclamation Project to stabilize this unique structure and improve the ecology of its surrounding landscapes by removing invasive vines and installing 1,200 new plants. Help us sustain these improvements and extend the revitalization! The area needs seasonal maintenance by the landscape contractor to access steep slopes. In addition, the Fort Tryon Park Trust would like to install architectural lighting to feature this beautiful beacon in Fort Tryon Park.
Read more about the Billings Arcade in this New York Times article, “Monumental Remnant From a 1900’s Estate.”