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This year, SPLIA’s Walking Tours provide an opportunity to explore some of the neighborhoods that are discussed in our latest book, Gardens of Eden: Long Island’s Planned Communities of the Early Twentieth Century, published by W.W. Norton and Co. and available for purchase through our office (631-692-4664).

 BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE, or call us at 631-692-4664.

Reservations are required:
$15 Members & Young Preservationists (Under 30)
$20 Non-Members

Starting points will be provided after tickets are purchased.
All walking tours will proceed rain or shine.
Space is limited.

A Woman’s Touch: Mrs. Helen Marsh and the Creation of Bellerose

Saturday, October 3, 1PM-3PM
During a period when few women had a voice, Mrs. Helen Marsh developed an oasis of suburban living on Long Island with full control of business and aesthetic matters in what has become the Village of Bellerose. Village Historian, Alan Woodruff leads a tour through Mrs. Marsh’s vision along wide planted boulevards radiating from the railroad station to trace the history and transformation of a former gladiola farm into an idyllic early-20th century planned community pioneered by a remarkable woman.

The McKnight Realty Company’s Great Neck Estates

Sunday, October 18, 1PM-3PM
At more than four hundred acres of wooded hilly terrain overlooking Little Neck Bay, the McKnight Realty Company’s Great Neck Estates was the largest Long Island planned community of its time. Village Historian and Great Neck Historical Society board member, Ilse Kagen leads a tour through Robert Anderson Pope’s curvilinear streetscape, past the homes of Roaring Twenties celebrities while discussing the neighborhood’s eclectic architecture which includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Long Island commission.

Dean Alvord’s Idea: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park South

Saturday, October 24, 1PM-3PM
Join Brooklyn native and tour guide Norman Oder on a fascinating, brisk-paced tour featuring enormous contrasts: the stunning mansions of Dean Alvord’s Prospect Park South, the once/still grand apartment buildings of early 20th century Flatbush; civic landmarks like Erasmus High School and theaters along busy Flatbush Avenue repurposed into retail and religious uses, as well as the recently restored Kings Theater.

Herbert Hapgood’s Shoreham: Arts and Crafts by the Sea

Sunday, November 1, 1PM-3PM
Nestled within the tree-covered bluffs overlooking the sandy beaches of the North Shore, Herbert Hapgood’s planned community, Shoreham was first developed as a summer colony emphasizing the natural landscape. Local historians and preservationists, Mary Ann Oberdorf and Joseph Falco will lead this tour discussing the use of native flora and topography to create a park-like landscape and the Arts & Crafts approach to home designs featured in Gustav Stickley’s popular magazine, The Craftsman.