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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.)

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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.

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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!

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