In 1849 the Jay Family built a Gothic Revival cottage on Cherry Hill, beside the Jay Mansion in Rye, NY, based on a design by renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis, who also designed Whitby Castle and Lyndhurst. The cottage closely resembled Station No. 10, an A.J. Davis-designed structure at New York Yacht Club
Time, rotting wood, and carpenter bees eventually took their toll on the 19th-century cottage. With the help of donations from the public and the Gerry Charitable Trust, the Center is making plans to construct a new outdoor classroom on Cherry Hill — a functional learning space that will make visual reference to the historic cottage that preceded it.
The Gerry Charitable Trust has awarded Jay Heritage Center a $50,000 grant for the construction of the pavilion based on a 19th-century design at the head of their new Historic Jay Gardens. If the Jay Heritage Center raises another $75,000 by March 2020, the Gerry Charitable Trust will match every dollar. $56,000 has already been raised.
To make a donation towards the new pavilion, mail a check to Jay Heritage Center/ Gerry Charitable Trust Challenge Grant, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580, contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here.
Photo of proposed Jay Estate pavilion provided.