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Sunnyside Gardens Street to be Co-Named in Honor of Its Landscape Architect

45th Street

45th Street

Nov. 20, 2015 By Christian Murray

A Sunnyside Gardens street is going to be co-named after Marjorie Sewell Cautley, the landscape architect who designed the plants, gardens and courtyards within the Historic District.

The street co-name will go up at the corner of 45th Street and Skillman Avenue on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The event is being organized by the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Cautley will be the second of Sunnyside Gardens’ planners to be honored with a street co-naming. The other is Lewis Mumford.

co-naming2The Sunnyside Gardens district is a 17-block area that is comprised of brick houses designed around shared garden spaces. It was constructed between 1924 and 1928.

The Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance says that 45th Street, to be named after Cautley, is an example of some of her best work.

Both sides of the street have London plane trees planted “not at curbside but within the front gardens of the homes, which has helped the trees to grow larger and healthier than street trees elsewhere,” according to the alliance’s website.

Cautley also did the landscape design for the nearby Phipps Garden Apartments which were erected in the 1930s.

For more information, please go to the Sunnyside Preservation Alliance’s website

Marjorie Sewell Cautley

Marjorie Sewell Cautley

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