Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 10:30am

Lord & Burnham (conservatories) and Louis Comfort Tiffany (stained glass) Tour. – As part of the PATH THROUGH HISTORY. Co-sponsored by the Village of Irvington. 
Tour the Hudson River waterfront of the Village of Irvington, the former site of the Lord & Burnham Company, manufacturer of conservatories for wealthy clients, including robber baron Jay Gould of Lyndhurst, and the New York Botanical Garden.  The walk begins at the Irvington Public Library at 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, across the street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking).  We will walk to the waterfront and then up Irvington’s historic Main Street (total walk is less than 2 miles, on pavement) to the Tiffany Reading Room in Irvington’s Village Hall and beyond to the McVickar House, the second oldest home in Irvington and headquarters of the Irvington Historical Society, where you may dress up and be photographed in period clothing and view the exhibit “Let’s Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Irvington Historical Center.” Along the way, visit  Irvington Village Hall, a 1902 historic landmark building and its restored Tiffany Reading Room, designed by the Tiffany studio, and the Town Hall Theater, modeled after the Ford Theater in Washington, DC.  After the tour ends, visit one of the many restaurants on Main Street or at the waterfront or stop at a local deli or the Irvington Farmers Market to pick up a picnic lunch to eat along Main Street or in Scenic Hudson or Matthiessen Parks.  You may wish to join a guided walk, Meandering among the Millionaires’ Mansions, which departs from Irvington’s Town Hall at 2 pm, and stroll along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. We will tour the skeletal remains of Lyndhurst’s Lord & Burnham conservatory and view the Lyndhurst Mansion and its newly restored bowling alley. You may also wish to join the daylong "Celebrate Irvington" festival on Irvington’s Main Street (for details, www.irvingtonny.gov), with free trolley rides. Inquiries: skelsey@aqueduct.org or call 646-303-1448.