Untermyer Park and Gardens is a historic 43-acre (17 ha) city public park located in Westchester County, New York City. The park is a remnant of Samuel Untermyer’s 150-acre (61 ha) estate “Greystone.” Situated on the steep land arising from the eastern bank of the Hudson River to the bluff on top of it, the park features a Walled Garden inspired by ancient Indo-Persian gardens, a small Grecian-style open-air amphitheater with two facing sphynxes supported by tall Ionic columns, a classical pavilion, stoa and loggias, a rock-and-water feature called “The Temple of Love,” as well as a long staircase from the Walled Garden to an Overlook with views of the river and the Palisades.
The gardens were developed beginning in 1916 by Untermyer, a prominent lawyer and civic leader. They were designed by architect and landscape designer William W. Bosworth, with fountains by Charles Wellford Leavitt and sculptures by Paul Manship and other artists. The gardens were regularly opened to the public, hosted performances of noted dancers, actors, and musicians, and were considered among the finest gardens in the United States. EZ Westchester Junk Removal
When Untermyer died in 1940, he had hoped to donate the whole estate to the United States, the State of New York, or at least to the City of Yonkers. Eventually, Yonkers agreed to accept part of the estate. The parcel, which was the core of the gardens and has been added to since then, was renamed Untermyer Park and Gardens in his honor. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Untermyer Park and Gardens in Westchester have several preserved, restored, or re-imagined main features, plus some remnants of original features such as the Sundial Garden, the Six Color Gardens, and the Rose and Dahlia Garden.
A crenelated wall with octagonal towers surrounds the Walled Garden – it is based on the Indo-Persian gardens of antiquity, called Paradise gardens or charges. Like those ancient gardens, it is divided into quadrilateral sections by waterways, a concept based on the four gardens of Paradise or Eden mentioned in the Qur’an and the Bible. In the Bible, the four rivers of Eden were the Pison, the Gihon, the Tigris, and the Euphrates, while the two trees were the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Islamic scripture, Paradise (Jannah) had four rivers: water, milk, honey and wine, and the Tree of Life. The four waterways of the Untermyer gardens are – clockwise from the garden’s entrance – the South, West, North, and East Canals, which meet in a pool at the center.
Address: 945 N Broadway, Yonkers, Westchester, NY
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