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February 21, 2009

001.08 - Garden gate immediately following 533 Summit

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We’re pausing just for a moment here to look at Summit Avenue’s own secret garden. This is a rather unusual re-use of land on Summit - the house that originally stood here was torn down in 1970. Why? - I don’t know. At some point after that, the land was purchased by the people in the house behind it, on Portland Avenue. Apparently before they decided to plant the garden, the owners wanted to install a swimming pool – as you can probably guess, that didn’t meet the zoning requirements for Summit Avenue, so the garden was designed instead. Please respect the fact that it is a private garden, but as you walk past, keep your eyes out for some lovely sculptures, including a rather large rhinoceros.

Our next stop is a few houses down, at 445 Summit. On your way, you’ll have a great view of the houses across the street. The one with a large skylight in the top floor was used as an art school in the 1930s, during which time the skylight was added. I’ll see you at 445 Summit.

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