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.
A photo of the Center was featured in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal. You can read the full article here.
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.
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.
Read Director Dean Cardasis’ article, “A Rare James Rose Landscape is Rehabilitated,” for The Cultural Landscape Foundation detailing the rehabilitation of Texwipe (now EarthCampus) located in Upper Saddle River. The James Rose Center aided EarthCam’s efforts by providing advice and historical records as new owners (re)discover one of Rose’s “lost” gardens.
Join us on September 30th for a talk given by Director Dean Cardasis at The Ridgewood Historical Society, followed by a tour and refreshments at The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design!
The event begins at 2pm. Hurry, space is limited – we hope to see you there!
UPDATE: A special thanks to the following local sponsors:
- Carlo Russo’s Wine and Spirit World
- Super Cellars of Ridgewood
- Best of Everything
- Wilkes (Glen Ave.)
- Stop & Shop of Ridgewood
- It’s All Greek to Me
- Wegmans of Montvale
This video was originally published in 1986 by James Rose in conjunction with his book The Heavenly Environment. It has been digitally reproduced by The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design.
In this video, Rose discusses suburban design norms and their inadequacies, alternatives to these norms, and designing gardens based on site characteristics as well as clients’ needs.