Historic Stone Mill's Restoration Celebrated During Weekend Programming at The New York Botanical Garden

Tours Feature National Historic Landmark and 100-acre Historic Landscape September 11 & 12 and 18 & 19

Sep 08, 2010, 17:54 ET from The New York Botanical Garden

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Botanical Garden today dedicated the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, one of New York City's most picturesque pre-Civil War industrial buildings. Restored over the last two years with leadership funding from The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and The Amy P. Goldman Foundation, the 170-year-old Stone Mill was built in 1840 by the Lorillard family and designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

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The Stone Mill's restoration maintains the mid-19th-century industrial character on the exterior while, in the three-floor interior, equips it with modern building systems creating a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified structure that meets the Silver standard. Integral to the project, an intricate landscape design and restoration plan for the adjacent hillside involves treating stormwater runoff into the Bronx River and utilizes native species in the extensive plantings. The Stone Mill is available for meetings and social gatherings, and provides much-needed office space for Horticulture curatorial staff.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, September 11 & 12 and 18 & 19, in collaboration with The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Landmarks and Landscapes: History Tours at The New York Botanical Garden offers visitors behind-the-scenes tours of the restored Stone Mill, adjacent millrace and Bronx River, and surrounding landmarks, gardens, and collections. The tram and walking tours are included in Garden admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.nybg.org/stone_mill.php.

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad or subway. For more information, visit www.nybg.org

The New York Botanical Garden is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. A portion of the Garden's general operating funds is provided by The New York City Council and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Bronx Borough President and Bronx elected representatives in the City Council and State Legislature provide leadership funding.

Media Contact: Karl Lauby 718.817.8637/8616; klauby@nybg.org

SOURCE The New York Botanical Garden