The Bond Funeral Home at 1614 Guilderland Avenue was built in 1887 by George Westinghouse Jr. for his mother. She never lived there, remaining in her home in downtown Schenectady until she died in 1895.
By all accounts, George Westinghouse Jr. had a healthy amount of love and respect for his parents, George Sr. and Emmeline. They, no doubt, loved him in return, even if they didn’t always encourage some of his best ideas.
For example, George Sr. felt his son’s experimentation with an air brake would be a complete and dismal failure. The son proved father wrong on that count, but when it came to his mother and their biggest issue — her residence — she never yielded. If he wanted to build a nice house on a hill just south of the city, he could go right ahead. She, however, wasn’t going to live there.
The Bond Funeral Home, situated at 1614 Guilderland Ave. just off of Broadway, was built in 1887 by George Westinghouse Jr. for his mother just three years following the death of George Sr.