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The James Rose Center and EarthCam Receive a 2022 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award

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We are proud to announce that The James Rose Center has been selected to receive a 2022 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award from the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board for the rehabilitation of James Rose designed campus at Earthcam in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Texwipe, now the EarthCampus, is a small, little-known, Bergen County cultural landscape designed by James Rose. In the past two years, its rehabilitation has been recognized with awards from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Docomomo US, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement for nearly 25 years. The significance of this project’s rehabilitation to Bergen County; to landscape historians, theorists and designers; and to its new generation of users, is great. More than a rehabilitation of a historically important site, it preserves a challenge to the popular myth that modernism and environmentalism were at cross purposes. It shows the importance of careful research as well as traditional and cutting-edge documentation techniques. And it demonstrates how the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes can productively be employed to rehabilitate a dynamic modernist cultural landscape for contemporary use.

The award will be presented by County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Board of County Commissioners during the public program at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 5th, at Valley Brook Golf Clubhouse, 15 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ.

 

2022 Annual Spring Cleanup Call for Volunteers

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Our 2022 open season is upon us!

As we approach the upcoming summer months, please join us in preparing our National Register-listed modern home and garden for another year of preservation, education and community.

We will be holding our annual Spring Clean-up work days on:

Saturday, April 30th

Sunday, May 1st

Saturday, May 7th

Please, consider volunteering for a workday as we prepare the James Rose Center for our 2022 season!

Volunteer Here!

Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Summer Internships

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Looking for a unique opportunity to help preserve the former home of James Rose? We are now accepting applications for qualified candidates to join us through our internship programs for the upcoming 2022 open season!

Summer Internships are available for students in landscape architecture, landscape studies, architecture, interior design and other related fields. Interns participate in various projects including rehabilitation and maintenance of the James Rose Center and documentation of James Rose projects; as well as participation in tours, competitions and exhibitions. Tasks vary year to year based on the needs of the Center. Interns may also live at the Center and may receive a small stipend, depending on availability. Internships begin on or around May 15 and extend through August. Part time internships may also be arranged, contingent on funding and needs of the center.

Consider applying to be a summer intern today!

Email all inquiries to assistantdirector@jamesrosecenter.org and director@jamesrosecenter.org

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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.

 

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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.