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.

Lecture at the Ridgewood Historic Society & Tour

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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
  • Wasabi
  • Wegmans of Montvale

The Heavenly Environment, a Film by James Rose, Now Available Online

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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.

James Rose by Dean Cardasis wins The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize.

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Named in honor of one of the founding figures of American landscape studies, the J. B. Jackson prize is awarded to a distinguished book published in the English language within the past three years on a subject pertaining to landscape studies.  Only books based on original research and those that break new ground in method or interpretation will be considered. The purpose of this prize is to reward contributors to the intellectual vitality of garden history and landscape studies. The jury considers each submission on the basis of its success in expanding the field to new areas or increasing knowledge within an existing branch of the discipline. It seeks to support authors with an ability to write for a general readership as well as for a scholarly audience.”  The Foundation for Landscape Studies.

OPENING: May 1st, 2018!

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On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, the James Rose Center will be opening to the general public. The Center is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM. While visitors are welcome to plan spontaneous visits, large parties or visitors with tight timetables are encouraged to email in advance ( or so we can best accommodate you.