Historical Society of the Nyacks


House Tour to Showcase Eclectic South Nyack on May 5, 2012

Eclectic South Nyack, that’s the theme for this year’s Historical Society of the Nyacks House Tour on Saturday, May 5, from 10 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine.

“Eclectic is the word that sprang up almost spontaneously,” says Betty Gaeta, one of the organizers of the Tour. “Even though South Nyack is a very homogeneous village, it has a diverse mix of architectural styles, and we are fortunate that owners of eight great examples of this diversity are opening up their homes to us for the day.”

Most of the houses are on Piermont Avenue and intersecting streets, convenient for ambitious walkers who might like to stroll all or part of the route. Among the styles are a majestic Victorian, a tiny and charming cottage, a stately Tudor, a classic Federal, a lovely traditional, and a bold contemporary. Several of these homes are perched close to the river.

In addition to the eight South Nyack houses, one from Nyack will be included—the historic DePew House, adjacent to the Nyack Library. Located in the house, the Historical Society of the Nyacks Museum will expand on the architectural theme with an exhibit of photographs of buildings designed by notable Nyack architects Marshall and Henry Emery.

Win Perry, an architect as well as president of the Historical Society, notes that the Emery brothers “played a major part in defining the architectural character of the Nyacks.”  Among their designs are St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, the First Reformed Church, the YMCA, and the original Nyack Hospital. They also designed three of the grandest houses along South Broadway, as well as a delightful mid-size house in the Queen-Anne Style that will be featured on the Tour.

Admission to the Tour is via the Souvenir Guidebook, which can be purchased the day of the Tour for $40 at Living Christ Church, 151 South Broadway from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM.

More information is available from www.nyackhistory.org, housetour@nyackhistory.org, and 845.418.4430           

Watercolor by Beverley Bozarth Colgan