Ellwanger Garden Special Open Hours during Lilac Festival

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While you’re exploring the lilacs at Highland Park, escape the crowds and stroll over to the Ellwanger Garden on Mt. Hope Avenue.

Free admission, donations accepted.

What is the Lilac Festival Connection?
The altruism of George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry changed the face of Rochester. Their gift of 20 choice acres prodded the city to form the Parks Department in 1888. The 20 acres were the start of Highland Park, location of the world famous “Lilac Festival” each May.

The success of the Rochester nursery trade, as exemplified by the Mt. Hope Nursery, earned Rochester the title “The Flower City.” The Lilac Festival maintains the heritage of that name, and Ellwanger Garden gives you the chance to experience the inspiration of that heritage.

Ellwanger Garden Special Open Hours during Lilac Festival

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While you’re exploring the lilacs at Highland Park, escape the crowds and stroll over to the Ellwanger Garden on Mt. Hope Avenue.

Free admission, donations accepted.

What is the Lilac Festival Connection?
The altruism of George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry changed the face of Rochester. Their gift of 20 choice acres prodded the city to form the Parks Department in 1888. The 20 acres were the start of Highland Park, location of the world famous “Lilac Festival” each May.

The success of the Rochester nursery trade, as exemplified by the Mt. Hope Nursery, earned Rochester the title “The Flower City.” The Lilac Festival maintains the heritage of that name, and Ellwanger Garden gives you the chance to experience the inspiration of that heritage.

Ellwanger Garden Special Open Hours during Lilac Festival

2008-5-6-LKZ-Ellwanger-11

While you’re exploring the lilacs at Highland Park, escape the crowds and stroll over to the Ellwanger Garden on Mt. Hope Avenue.

Free admission, donations accepted.

What is the Lilac Festival Connection?
The altruism of George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry changed the face of Rochester. Their gift of 20 choice acres prodded the city to form the Parks Department in 1888. The 20 acres were the start of Highland Park, location of the world famous “Lilac Festival” each May.

The success of the Rochester nursery trade, as exemplified by the Mt. Hope Nursery, earned Rochester the title “The Flower City.” The Lilac Festival maintains the heritage of that name, and Ellwanger Garden gives you the chance to experience the inspiration of that heritage.

Ellwanger Garden Special Open Hours during Lilac Festival

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While you’re exploring the lilacs at Highland Park, escape the crowds and stroll over to the Ellwanger Garden on Mt. Hope Avenue.

Free admission, donations accepted.

What is the Lilac Festival Connection?
The altruism of George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry changed the face of Rochester. Their gift of 20 choice acres prodded the city to form the Parks Department in 1888. The 20 acres were the start of Highland Park, location of the world famous “Lilac Festival” each May.

The success of the Rochester nursery trade, as exemplified by the Mt. Hope Nursery, earned Rochester the title “The Flower City.” The Lilac Festival maintains the heritage of that name, and Ellwanger Garden gives you the chance to experience the inspiration of that heritage.

Historic Home Award: 625 Mt. Hope Avenue

The Landmark Society’s 2014 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of the upcoming Awards Ceremony we will be featuring some of this year’s award winners.

The Historic Home Award is given to owners of private residences for their continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally significant house over a minimum of seven years.

625 Mt. Hope Avenue
Rochester, New York
Owners: Rosemary Janofsky

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Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Located in the city’s Mt. Hope/Highland Historic District, this handsome, 19th-century house was originally built in 1839 by James Hawks and subsequently purchased by horticultural pioneer George Ellwanger in 1867. It was enlarged at that time by architect Andrew J. Warner and again in the early 20th century by his son, J. Foster Warner. The Ellwanger family continued here until 1982, when George’s granddaughter, Helen, the founder of The Landmark Society of Western New York, bequeathed the property to that organization. The house was then rehabilitated as a residence and country inn.

After a long period of vacancy, the property was purchased by Ms. Janofsky in 2006. An extensive and challenging rehabilitation of the house and carriage barn was completed.  As part of this exceptional project, new roofs were installed, structural elements were repaired, a new and expanded front porch was constructed, and paint colors were selected to enhance the picturesque design of the historic buildings. Today, the house serves as both a private residence and the Ellwanger Estate bed-and-breakfast inn.

 

A House & Garden Tour for the ages!

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We had record sales, record attendance, perfect weather – and the best team of volunteers and staff on the planet!

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A sellout crowd traveled through the neighborhood over the weekend. But of course numbers don’t tell the whole story.  We heard countless remarks about the quality of the tour, the stupendous gardens, and the surprise at learning about the charm of the homes in the area (“I had no idea that homes in the city could have such beautiful gardens.”)  The tour-goers were ecstatic (and exhausted) after tromping up and down Mount Hope’s hill.

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Our many, many thanks to all of those who graciously opened their homes to us, the incredibly dedicated volunteers, and all of the tour-goers! This is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and we could’t put it together without each and every one of you.

We hope to see you next year for our 45th Annual House & Garden Tour!

Final 2014 House and Garden Tour Preview

We’re thrilled that the historic Mt. Hope and Highland neighborhood is host to this year’s House and Garden Tour June 7th and 8th, and we wanted to post some previews of the tour. Advance tickets are on sale now, $18 for Landmark Society members & $22 for nonmembers. Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now. Don’t delay!

Do you prefer inside or out?

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Get both at the 44th Annual House and Garden Tour this weekend!

Ah, the comforts of the controlled indoor environment.  The color schemes that are most compatible, the artwork lit so beautifully, the carefully thought out placement of furnishings and fabrics.

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But then, there’s the exhilaration of the slightly wilder out of doors.  The breeze ruffling through the tall irises’ beards, the intrusion of the cardinal’s red splash among the pastel blooms, the change of light and shadow on as the clouds cross the sky.

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What do they have in common? You can enjoy both on this weekend’s 44th Annual House and Garden Tour!  Whether you prefer the interiors with their spectacular architecture and no detail left undone or the beautifully designed gardens and yards with Mother Nature adding a few serendipitous touches, you don’t want to miss this.  10 private homes and gardens will be open for ticket holders on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm each day.

Photo Courtesy: Ellwanger Estate

Photo Courtesy: Ellwanger Estate

And what better neighborhood to celebrate the joys of indoor and outdoor pleasures?  The Mt Hope and Highland Historic Neighborhood is nestled next to Highland Park and the former Mt. Hope Nursery Grounds. The houses showcase some of the finest architects of the late 19th and early 20th century. It is a symbiotic relationship, and one that will be open to you this weekend only.

Photo Courtesy: Wayne and Susan Willis

Photo Courtesy: Wayne and Susan Willis

Advance tickets can be purchased at Parkleigh, corner of Park Avenue and Goodman Street, or by clicking here.   On the days of the tour you will find limited quantities of tickets at Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park (Saturday and Sunday only.)

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-Written by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now!

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The Doors are Ready to Open for You

And you don’t even have to knock!   The Landmark host will be standing there, waiting to welcome you into a home where usually only family and friends are admitted.

Of course, the host WILL want to see your ticket.

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The 44th Annual House and Garden Tour is almost upon us, and the homeowners and gardeners of the Mt Hope and Highland Historic Neighborhood are completing the finishing touches inside and out.  We’re so grateful for their generosity in opening their private living spaces to you.

You know you want to go inside. Face it, we all like to see how other folks have arranged their living rooms, if they painted or papered their dining rooms, and what kind of cabinets work well in their kitchens. Those are the added “pluses” of touring these remarkable architectural treasures.  From the sweet bungalows to the massive “palaces” built for Rochester’s horticultural royalty, the doors will be open on June 7 and 8.  But only if you get a tour ticket!

-Written by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now!

2014 House and Garden Tour Preview #2

We’re thrilled that the historic Mt. Hope and Highland neighborhood is host to this year’s House and Garden Tour June 7th and 8th, and we wanted to post some previews of the tour. Advance tickets are on sale now, $18 for Landmark Society members & $22 for nonmembers. Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now. Don’t delay!

86 Reservoir Avenue

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I expected your typical Arts and Crafts bungalow. It certainly appears that way from its exterior, and a fine one at that.

All the clues are there: the low-pitched roof with broad eaves, the brackets that add scale to the home, the wide, welcoming front porch shaded from the afternoon sun, the detailing in the trellis on the side porch and the diamond pattern in the upper floor windows.

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But what a surprise when you step inside! The rustic craftsman approach gives way to a quite elegant Colonial Revival interior, with fine detailing in the molding and wall finishes.

The architect, Charles W. Eldridge, was ahead of his time when he designed this house, completed in 1911.  The place is set up for efficient one floor living, with three bedrooms on the first floor. Yes, there is a second floor – but that was originally reserved for maids’ quarters. Does that surprise you, in a house that is not of mansion proportions?  Remember, this was in the day of much more physical labor in the care of a home. The original owner, treasurer of Rochester Gas and Electric, could well afford live-in domestic help.  Especially since this was before federal income tax became a permanent fixture in our law.

You’ll also find that many windows have an upper transom that still works, with original hardware.  Opening only the top of the windows provided airflow and security. The owners’ cat, Martin, is very glad for the Colonial Revival penchant for fireplaces.

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Today the house is known as the “Strasenburgh bungalow” among local history fans, since Edwin and Clara Strasenburgh owned the house from 1921 through 1965. They were the benefactors of the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

-Written by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now!

2014 House and Garden Tour Preview

We’re thrilled that the historic Mt. Hope and Highland neighborhood is host to this year’s House and Garden Tour June 7th and 8th, and we wanted to post some previews of the tour. Advance tickets are on sale now, $18 for Landmark Society members & $22 for nonmembers. Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now. Don’t delay!

692 Mt. Hope Avenue

Photo Courtesy: University of Rochester

Photo Courtesy: University of Rochester

Did you ever dream of living in a palace?  For some of us the childhood stories were all about the prince and princess, the dragon or the witch. But for others, it was about the architecture.  A soaring six-sided tower.  Sturdy stone and rose red brick. A grand entrance.

At the House and Garden Tour you’re invited to step into a very palatial home.  Be received as you step through the spectacular arched entryway, trimmed in limestone. It’s one of the best Italian Villa style houses in the country.  Renown British architect Gervase Wheeler created this masterpiece, completed in 1857.

Once inside, you will feel the presence of royalty – horticultural royalty, that is.  It was built for Patrick Barry, co-founder of the Ellwanger-Barry Nursery, which became the largest nursery in America during the mid-19th century. (You’ll also visit Mr. Ellwanger’s home on the tour.)

Original paintings and furnishings are in the main rooms, and while they are breath taking, don’t forget to look up.  The 13 feet high ceilings boast ornate plaster moldings, planting painted roses and other flowers above your head.

The place is owned by the University of Rochester, and has housed presidents and provosts. The current residents have graciously agreed to open their private kitchen and kitchen sitting area on the tour as well as the more formal rooms. It’s a wonderful contrast, decorated in the direction of their taste for modern artwork and clean lines.

-Written by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now!