James Rose Center Gifted with New Sign

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The James Rose Center would like to recognize the Ridgewood Art Foundation’s grant supporting the design and fabrication of a new sign completed as part of an Eagle Scout project. Inspired by the River of Hospitality mural, the sign’s form features obtuse-angled geometry characteristic of of Rose’s spatial sensibility.


The Ridgewood Arts Foundation supports local arts organizations and works to create a community among art enthusiasts through events like salons and museum tours. Learn more about the RAF by clicking the hyperlink or by following them at @ridgewoodartsfoundation on Facebook and Instagram.

BREAKING: James Rose Center seeks new tenant/caretaker

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We are pleased to announce a unique opportunity to reside in our historic north studio and participate in the preservation of an important cultural resource. The selected tenant/part-time caretaker will live in a separate small home on the premises including private outdoor space and off-street parking.

Comparable rents in the area are approximately $1,800 – $2,000. However, a portion of the rent here will be reduced for a qualified person in exchange for assistance in the maintenance and management of the Center as we continue to be open to the public seasonally and pursue our environmental mission.

Anyone interested should click HERE to learn more, or contact director@jamesrosecenter and assistantdirector@jamesrosecenter.

Center Meets 2020 Fundraising Goal!

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Last December, we asked supporters of the James Rose Center to help us meet our preservation goal of $11,600 to be quadrupled by the Bergen County Historic Preservation Trust Fund. We are truly grateful for the numerous donors who contributed to this success at all levels. We would like to extend a special thank you to the Ries Foundation whose major contribution helped us surpass our goal. The Ries Foundation’s gift was given in honor of Josephine (Jo) Mills and L. Sanford (San) Reis who lived in Ridgewood from 1936 to 1990 and were active members and patrons of the Ridgewood arts community.

Docomomo Tour Day | 10.10.2020

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On October 10th, Docomomo Tour Day will host a special 1-hour long tour of modernist architect James Rose’s primary residence and surrounding landscape, which he designed for himself, his mother and sister. To learn more click HERE.

Ridgewood Walks Comes to The James Rose Center

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On Wednesday, June 19th, Ridgewood Walks will embark on another Arts + Architecture tour from 9am – 11am. Meeting place: Ridgewood Art Institute, 12 East Glen Ave. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.



This creative tour will take you through a number of historic, unique architectural structures in the Village that also serve as home to important cultural nonprofits and public institutions. We’ll begin at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Tour this historic building and learn about the professional and amateur artists who hone their craft inside this spectacular Ridgewood gem. From there the tour heads to the Lester Stable, a building that once housed the horses of Ridgewood’s aristocrats and now serves as home to the Parks and Rec department. Next stop is the Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at the Ridgewood Public Library. It serves as the de facto archives of Ridgewood and has on its walls wonderful photos from the Village’s past. Final stop is the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design on East Ridgewood Avenue, a building on the NJ Historic Register that some consider the most unique in Ridgewood. James Rose, who built and lived for many years in the house, was one of the founders of the modern landscape architecture movement in the 1930s. This house is the best expression of his legacy. Part Frank Lloyd Wright, part Zen garden, part Alice in Wonderland tree house, it must be seen to be believed.
*Rain date Tuesday, July 2nd at 9 am

AMBASSADOR: Kyle Reis was born and raised in Ridgewood and attended Glen School, BF Middle School and RHS. He has a long family history here starting in the 1930s, and culminating with five generations growing up in the same house. His grandfather purchased and built the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club in its current location, and his grandmother was once President of the YWCA. His mother helped start Fair Housing of Ridgewood.

Opening May 15th!

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On Wednesday, May 15th, the James Rose Center will reopen Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 and no advance registration nor purchase of tickets is required.