LHS Sunday: Celebrating ‘Larchmont Park’

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The Larchmont Historical Society’s annual House Tour has become an eagerly anticipated Rite of Spring. Please join the LHS on this special 30th Anniversary for a walking tour as we celebrate Larchmont Village’s first suburban development, Larchmont Park.

Jennewein’s silhouette of Neptune riding a sea horse

As the 20th century began, Larchmont experienced a demographic shift that reflected a pattern throughout Westchester – the creation of the “Village Neighborhood.”  Once a summer resort colony for the wealthy, Larchmont, with advances in railway lines, was now accessible to the middle-class, who yearned for the American dream of home ownership.  Larchmont Park, a “new, modern subdivision” was developed with an eye to the surrounding landscape, where roads and homes were incorporated into the natural topography of cliffs, glacial boulders, and sloping, curving hillsides.  By building modest bungalows and “American Foursquares,” in architectural styles ranging from Colonial Revival to Prairie and Craftsman, the developers created a visually diverse neighborhood.

This year the LHS is partnering with Westchester Cottages and Gardens Magazine (WC&G), to kick off House Tour Weekend on the evening of Saturday, May 14th, from 6:00-8:30pm, with a Cocktail Party and discussion at the former home of sculptor C. Paul Jennewein.  Larchmonters, most likely unaware, are surrounded by Jennewein’s art. His silhouette of Neptune riding a sea horse can be found gracing the four entrances to Larchmont, as well as on signs throughout Flint Park.   In New York City, Jennewein’s sculptures can be seen at Rockefeller Center, the Woolworth Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  His prolific body of work graces cities throughout   America and Europe.

On Sunday, May 15th, from 1:00-5:00pm, glimpse suburban life in the early 20th century, when six Village homes open their doors for the tour.  While strolling through the Village, sip lemonade, and take in a simpler time of Larchmont life.  Following the tour, join us for appetizers and wine at the Post–Tour Reception, from 3:00-6:00pm, at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, 126 Larchmont Avenue.

And, finally, don’t cook dinner!  Take advantage of the opening night of “A Taste of Larchmont,” our Village’s first “Restaurant Week,” May 15-May 22.

Tickets for the Cocktail Party/House Tour/MAG Reception are $75 for members and $95 for non-members.  Tickets for the House Tour/MAG Reception only are $45 for members and $55 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased by mail; send a check made payable to the LHS, in a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope to: House Tour Tickets, c/o LHS, PO Box 742, Larchmont, NY 10538 or online at larchmonthistory.org.  After  May 2nd, tickets may be purchased at the Real Estate offices of Coldwell Banker, Houlihan Lawrence, Julia B. Fee | Sotheby’s and Weichert.

 

The Larchmont Historical Society was chartered in 1981 as a non-profit organization to discover, preserve and disseminate information concerning the natural, social and civic history of Larchmont and to promote the preservation of historical sites and structures. For more information about LHS, visit www.larchmonthistory.org, call (914) 381-2239 or email lhs@larchmonthistory.org.

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