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.