Stephen Byrns on Untermyer Park

Stephen Byrns, partner, BKSK Architects LLP, and founding chairman of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy gave an illustrated lecture at the Irvington Public Library on Tuesday, September 20.

Sponsored by the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson, the program was free and open to the public.

Mr. Byrns spoke about the public/private initiative to restore Untermyer Gardens, a 45-acre historic park in Yonkers overlooking the Hudson River. The property was developed between 1899 and 1940 as the estate garden of lawyer Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940) in the Beaux Arts style. Designed by Welles Bosworth and characterized by a Persian-style walled enclosure symbolizing paradise and a monumental gateway, the gardens were maintained by 60 gardeners and supplied by 60 greenhouses.

The gardens were acquired by the City of Yonkers in 1946 as a public park and added to the National Register of Historic Sites in 1974.

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