The New York State Council on the Arts, together with the Preservation League of New York State, has awarded $9,000 to the Village of Warwick to support a nomination to the preparation of a Cultural Landscape Report for the Madison Lewis Woodlands, located on Robin Brae Dr. off of Rte. 94 in the Village. The Madison Lewis Woodlands is an important natural space in the community that was once part of a local family estate.
An earlier landscape report, completed by Heritage Landscapes of Norwalk, CT and Charlotte, VT, led to significant cleanup and restoration activities within the woodlands. It also, however, inspired the surrounding community to recognize a “natural jewel within its midst,” leading to an uptick in daily visitors and use by organizations and school groups, and in lectures and articles developed by the Village Historian and the Warwick Historical Society.
The Preserve New York grant will enable the Village to hire Heritage Landscapes once more to complete a second cultural landscape report of the Woodlands. This report will focus on the entrance of the property, an Italianate formal space known historically as the “sunken garden.” The final report will detail recommended treatment for restoration and interpretation of this important space within a larger historic context.
“The Village is excited to receive this award from the Preservation League of New York State,” said, Michael Newhard, Mayor of the Village of Warwick.
“The preservation of historic landscape is important as it protects an often forgotten contextual asset. The Fowler ‘Sunken Garden’ is a wonderful example of a garden from America’s Golden Age of formal gardens. The earlier Cultural Landscape report has proven a significant tool for historic preservation and a guide to restoration and interpretation, and we’re eager to see the results of this additional study.”
For more information on the Preserve New York grant program, please call (518) 462-5658, ext. 10 or visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org.