WHAT: The Sea Cliff Landmarks Foundation Bi-Annual House Tour
DATE: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: Starting point - the Sea Cliff Stenson Memorial Children’s Library at 281 Sea Cliff Avenue.
ADVANCE TICKETS: Advance tickets are available at both Sherlock Homes, 305 Sea Cliff Avenue, and Daniel Gale, 266 Sea Cliff Ave, real estate offices on Sea Cliff Avenue in downtown Sea Cliff. Tickets are $35.00.
Advance tickets are also available online from Ticket Leap for $35.00 plus a $2.75 processing fee.:
We strongly encourage wearing comfortable shoes since our charming, hilly streets, which were not designed for automobile traffic, are perfect for walking. Attendees may be asked to remove his/her shoes in some of the houses. No spike heels. No children allowed on the tour.
TICKETS ON DAY OF TOUR: Tickets will also be sold on the day of the tour at the Sea Cliff Stenson Memorial Library, 281 Sea Cliff Avenue beginning at 12 noon.
DESCRIPTION OF SITES:
- An exuberant 1890's Victorian home known as “Locust Cottage”, one of 28 Sea Cliff homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the summer residences of John T. Pirie, a Chicago dry goods merchant and Sea Cliff founder.
- "Littlewood", a charming restored 1907 concrete bungelow important enough to be featured in a two column article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1908.
- A stately 1898 residence incorporating striking one-of-a-kind pieces from trips throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America and mixed with American antiques and contemporary artwork.
- A remodeled American Foursquare featuring a wrap-around porch that is one of the best outdoor entertaining spaces in Sea Cliff.
- A designer's own cliffside dwelling with two levels of balcony space perfect for entertaining.
- An 1893 Queen Anne cottage that evokes a turn-of-the century salon with ample Victorian and Anglo-Japanese aesthetic movement flourishes.
SEA CLIFF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
Sea Cliff, a one square mile former Methodist Campground Association founded in 1871, is known for its abundance of Victorian houses. The housing stock, however, is actually quite eclectic as you can see as you walk around the village.
During summertime revival meetings, early Methodists lived in rented
tents in the “Sea Cliff Grove” campground. The grounds were laid out in
a grid of tiny lots and narrow streets so worshippers could walk to
services at the 500-seat Tabernacle. In order to create a permanent
summer resort, the Association also built a steamboat pier, a
waterfront boardwalk, and a waterworks.
Religious revivalism faded but by the turn of the century Sea Cliff was
a major East coast resort, with vacationers arriving by steamboat from
Manhattan, by ferry from Rye, and by train at Sea Cliff’s own railroad
depot. Hotels were built to accommodate the summer crowds and many Sea
Cliff homeowners rented their whole house or rooms to summer
As travel by automobile and airplane increased, Sea Cliff’s status as a
resort waned. Although many of the largest and most embellished
examples of Victorian architecture were torn down in the years
following World War I, over 100 late 19th century Victorian homes
survive to give Sea Cliff its special character. As larger parcels of
land were subdivided and developed, homes were built reflecting the
fashion of the times resulting in the wide range of post Victorian
homes in our Village today.
The Landmark Association is a not-for-profit group formed in 1972
dedicated to promoting interest in the preservation and restoration of
Sea Cliff’s many historic sites. Contributions to the tour support a
grant program that funds local preservation efforts.
ADDITIONAL SEA CLIFF ATTRACTIONS ON THE DAY OF TOUR:
* The Sea Cliff Museum which is located at the corner of Central, Summit and Sea Cliff Avenues, will be open from to 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The current exhibit is ""Uncommon Collections", Unique artifacts and collections from the Sea Cliff Village Museum and Sea Cliff residents.
* Patricia Kaegi Weiss’ Art Opening & Reception. Please stop by the Sea Cliff Library in the historic Village Hall at 300 Sea Cliff Avenue between 2:00 and 4:00 for the opening of local artist Patricia Kaegi Weiss’ show, “A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming”. Patricia’s latest collection of bright and cheerful paintings are inspired by the world of tarot and the divine feminine.
*K. DiResta Collective 212 Sea Cliff Avenue-
* Sorella Designs, 256 Sea Cliff Ave, A little shop of artisan jewelry,personal & home accessories, gifts & Fairies, is offering a 15% discount with your ticket or brochure.
* Dimitry Schidlovsky's studio and fine art gallery at 252
Sea Cliff Avenue will also be open during the tour.
The Sea Cliff Landmarks Foundation Bi-Annual House Tour