The James Rose Residence, designed by James Rose to serve as his home and studio, is a significant example of a thoughtfully integrated modernist building and landscape. The initial construction was completed in 1953. Rose revisited his scheme in early 1970s, making significant architectural additions and abandoning his original grid-based planting scheme for a more organic landscape. The building and site continued to evolve until his death in 1991, when the property took on an institutional role and became the James Rose Center, focusing on research in landscape architecture and design.
This tour is hosted by Preservation New Jersey (PNJ). This year marks a milestone for PNJ, the 25th anniversary of its 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey program. Accordingly, they are hosting three tours for Docomomo US Tour Day highlighting modernist architecture throughout New Jersey that has either been on the 10 Most list or has been considered “endangered” in the past. In addition to the James Rose Center, PNJ is also offering tours of Vineland's Modern Architecture (info coming soon) and Louis Kahn's Bath House in Ewing.
The James Rose Center was included on the 10 Most Endangered Places list in 2017 after a storm damaged part of the property. It is currently in the process of being restored.
Tours will run from 12 pm - 3 pm, starting on the hour at 999 Lower Ferry Rd, Ewing.
Suggested donation: $10/members, $15/non-members
Proceeds will be split with local organization hosts. Your generous donation helps PNJ sustain its efforts in furtherance of historic preservation in NJ.
Advance registration required.