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Barrymore Laurence Scherer, Music and Fine Arts Critic for the Wall Street Journal will be the Roslyn Landmark Society's March 25 guest speaker. His lecture is on "Living in Nature's Realm: The Architecture and Décor of Historic Hudson River Villas." The photography is by Michelle Jacobs-Scherer.

Nineteenth-century America saw the widespread influence of Romanticism on poetry, painting and lifestyles. This influence was particularly apparent in the Romantic design of country houses, which were given the romantic name, villas.

This presentation reveals the development of those villas in the beautiful Hudson Valley, inspired by such writers as Longfellow and Washington Irving and guided by architects Andrew Jackson Downing and Alexander Jackson Davis.

Combining rare period photographs and modern views, we see how villas like "Sunnyside," "Lindhurst" and "Olana" were furnished when the region was home to Washington Irving, Jay Gould, Frederick Edwin Church, the Roosevelts and the Vanderbilts.

The meeting will take place at Sterling Glen of Roslyn, 100 Landing Road. Cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Members $20, non-members $25 and program at 8 p.m. reservations for dinner required. Please call Society's office at 625- 4363. The lecture is free and open to the general public.


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