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Open House New York Weekend at The Evergreens Cemetery

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The Evergreens Cemetery

1629 Bushwick Avenue

New York, NY 11207

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The Evergreens Cemetery is proud to participate for the first time in Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend, a citywide celebration of architecture, design and New York City. For more information about OHNY see http://www.ohny.org/.

The Evergreens Cemetery, a historic cemetery in the 'rural' style, was incorporated in 1849 and covers 225 acres. It was designed by notable landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing. Over 500,000 people are buried here, including notables such as tap legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, jazz musician Lester Young, and painter Martin Heade.

At 10:00 a.m. Eva Bowerman, Director of Programs, will lead a historical tour that includes information about the variety of architectural styles represented in the mausoleums and gravemarkers. The tour includes a visit to the community mausoleum and the receiving vault (normally closed to the public). Following the tour of the grounds Tony Wetzel, President of Historic Construction Mgmt. Corp., will lead a tour of the Victorian Gothic Chapel, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1849/1850, which serves as the cemetery office. This tour will focus on the restorations on the chapel that are currently underway.

The Evergreens has been selected as one of OHNY's Spaces of Respite.

Spaces of Respite series description: Though New York’s energy is one of its greatest strengths, it is important to have places in the city that offer relief from the stresses and anxieties of contemporary life. During this year's OHNY Weekend, Open House New York has curated a group of sites across the five boroughs that provide some serenity and respite from the chaos of the city, places where you can pause, rest, and gather your thoughts.

Pre-registration appreciated but not required.

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The Evergreens Cemetery

1629 Bushwick Avenue

New York, NY 11207

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