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Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Manor House: Look & Learn

The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St.

Wellesley, MA 02482

April 28 @5:30PM - 8:00PM





This is your chance to take a look inside the Manor House! This 1907 mansion preserves vestiges of another era. The Italian marble entrances and columns make a statement on the outside—but thanks to ongoing stabilization efforts, we are excited to reveal a sneak peek of three rooms. While we can't give you a tour just yet, you'll get to enjoy a look inside the French doors from the terrace. Hear historical facts about the property from architectural aficionado Matthew Dickey (@streetscapecurator on Instagram) while enjoying hors d'oeuvres & drinks in the spring Italianate Garden, a formal symmetrical landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm. One complimentary drink with ticket, then cash/card bar.


In 1907, Alice Cheney-Baltzell, the last individual to live on this property, hired Carrere and Hastings—the firm that designed the NY Public Library—to design the house and the Olmsted Brothers—who designed Central Park in New York City—to design the gardens. The house was constructed in neo-Georgian style, sporting Italian marble entrances and steps and Ionic columns. The Olmsted Brothers firm designed the formal Italianate Garden and a Temple and Asian Garden landscape, which is currently undergoing restoration and repurposing.

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