A treasure chest of over 100 Long Island Motor Parkway surveys, maps, blueprints and drawings has been discovered in the basement of a commercial building in Malverne, Long Island. The chest belonged to engineer Arthur Archibald who surveyed the Motor Parkway from 1906 to 1938.
These treasures will be highlighted on VanderbiltCupRaces.com thoughout 2017. The story behind the discovery and a few highlights are below.
Contractor Roy Knoernschild was asked to clean out the basement of a commerical building in Malverne.
Roy discovered this wooden chest hidden in a corner.
Inside the chest were maps, drawings, surveys and blueprints of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The majority were drawn by Arthur Archibald of Hempstead, New York, a primary surveyor of the Motor Parkway from 1906 to 1938.
In another section of the basement, Roy found these vintage surveying equipment.
Treasure Chest Highlights
An 11-foot map of Long Island featuring the Motor Parkway issued in February 1908.
A map showing the roads to Petit Trianon.
1924 plan showing the entrances to the Motor Parkway at Rocky Hill Road (Springfield Boulevard) in Queens.
The blueprint for the planned parkway bridge over Commack Road.
Survey for the location for the Mineola Lodge.
1924 Map No. One "Parkway crossing the North Hempstead Turnpike".
1929 plan to lengthen the Newbridge Road Motor Parkway Bridge.
1929 plan for a crossing over the Long Island Motor Parkway in Searington.
The plan called for either a proposed footbridge or 'subway". It was never built.