Newly Renovated Wave Hill House Opens to the Public

Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, announces that Wave Hill House, a historic Hudson River mansion, will reopen in early summer, following a two-year renovation. This milestone in the life of the house will be celebrated with a Target Free Weekend July 6 and 7.

Wave Hill House, credit Joshua Bright

Wave Hill House, credit Joshua Bright

Built as a private country home 150 years ago, Wave Hill House has evolved since then, with functions and physical spaces added over time, until it became a public cultural institution in the 1960’s. The transformative renovation initiated in 2011 is the building’s first; the scope of work involves both exterior and interior elements, designed to strengthen the building’s infrastructure and ensure its longevity. Significant structural repair throughout the house will correct deterioration that has taken place over the years. Most importantly, all public spaces will now be accessible to all visitors.

The renovation will enable the house to meet the expectations of the 21st century visitor, with more attractive public spaces for programs that for many are central to the experience of Wave Hill.

Among the changes visitors can expect:
• Wave Hill’s signature Family Art Project returns to its home, now in a space accessible to all visitors.

• Concerts return to Armor Hall in early 2014, with new sound and lighting systems in place.

• The Café, with added seating and a new serving area, also offers an expanded menu and easier access to the spectacular views of the Hudson River and Palisades from the Kate French Terrace.

• The new Sarah and Geoffrey Gund Theater, adjacent to the Sally & Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center, will provide schoolchildren and families a multi-purpose performance space.

• Meeting and conference spaces, in addition to being refinished, will be outfitted with new lighting, as well as wireless internet access.

The renovation also anticipates Wave Hill’s 50th anniversary in 2015, and launches the first major capital initiative of Wave Hill’s dedication to sustaining the excellence of the institution. In 1960, the Perkins-Freeman family donated the remaining 28-acre estate, including Wave Hill House, to the City of New York for public use and to continue Perkins’ mission of preserving the land and scenic views along the Hudson River. Today, Wave Hill is a member of the Cultural Institutions Group, a coalition of 33 publicly owned and privately operated cultural organizations located in the five boroughs of New York City.

A $9.7 million project, the renovation is a partnership between the City of New York, New York State and a group of devoted private supporters.

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