Larchmont's Oldest Home on LHS 25th Anniversary Tour
6 Home Historical Tour is Sunday, April 30
by Susan Emery; illustrations by Phyllis Tarlow
(April 27 UPDATE) Some tickets are still available and will continue to be sold on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Houlihan and Lawrence and at Sotheby's on Palmer Avenue. See below for details.
(April 20, 2006) This year is a particularly special one for the Larchmont Historical Society, as it is the 25th anniversary of both the organization and its well-known house tour. On Sunday, April 30, six historically significant Larchmont homes will open their doors for the annual tour. As is fitting for this celebratory year, the featured houses are outstanding representatives of Larchmont architecture. They cover a spectrum of styles and periods in Larchmont’s history, ranging from Federal to Shingle-style to Arts & Crafts to Georgian Colonial Revival to Tudor, and cover the years from roughly 1797 to 1931.
Perhaps the “crown jewel” in the Spring 2006 House Tour roster is the Manor House, at 18 Elm Avenue. The Manor House is the oldest and most historic home in Larchmont. It was built around 1797 for Peter Jay Munro, the nephew of John Jay, who was one of America’s founding fathers and also a Westchester resident. The Manor House is the only 18th century estate remaining in Larchmont. It has appeared on the tour several times in the past, including during the Historical Society’s inaugural tour twenty-five years ago.
Another house on the tour that was home to a prominent Larchmont figure is 85 Larchmont Avenue (at left). The Shingle-style house was constructed in 1894 for Helena Flint, the daughter of Larchmont Manor Company founder J. Thompson Flint. Miss Flint used the grand house as her summer residence and entertained there extensively. Miss Flint’s brother, Frederick Flint, was one of the founders of the Larchmont Yacht Club, which is the site of the 25th Anniversary Gala reception that will take place after the tour.
In addition to the Manor, various other sections of the town are also represented this year, including the heart of Larchmont Village and Rouken Glen. Also of interest is that three of the six houses featured have never appeared on the Historical Society’s House Tour before. Aside from 18 Elm Avenue and 85 Larchmont Avenue, the other homes are 1 Rochelle Road, 24 Glen Eagles Drive, 161 Beach Avenue, and 25 Ocean Avenue.
TICKET INFORMATION: The tour is open to Historical Society members and their guests, and tickets are still available for purchase. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for guests, and include admission to the post-tour reception and art show at the Larchmont Yacht Club. One-year memberships start at $15 for an individual, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Membership includes the Historical Society’s monthly newsletter with notice of programs and special events, as well as the tour flyer that announces the event and provides a ticket order form.
Membership and ticket order forms are available to download and print out from the Historical Society’s website larchmonthistory.org. Or you may call Karen Johnston at 833-3241 to purchase tickets. Beginning on Monday April 24, tickets can also be purchased at Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (2070 Boston Post Road; 833-0420) and Sotheby’s International Realty (at 1946 Palmer Avenue; 834-0270).
Susan Emery is a member of the Larchmont Historical Society Board and chairperson of the house tour. Phyllis Tarlow is a member of the Mamaroneck Artist's Guild; examples of her art work will be on display and available for purchase at the art show at the Larchmont Yacht Club following the house tour.