Archive for 2012

Naumkeag

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted by

Naumkeag Stockbridge, Massachusetts Fletcher Steele (1885–1971) founded his Boston-based practice in 1913 after a five-year apprenticeship with Warren Manning and became one of the most experimental landscape architects of the period. Throughout his career, Steele viewed plants unsentimentally, as abstract color and form. When he met Mabel Choate in 1925, Steele was at the height of […]

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Val Verde

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted by

Val Verde Santa Barbara, California When Lockwood de Forest (1896–1949) returned from his honeymoon in 1925, he found Wright Ludington waiting on his front porch. Ludington’s father had just purchased Val Verde, a beautiful Montecito estate, and the shy, melancholic artist wanted de Forest to get to work on a new landscape plan immediately. The […]

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Ford House

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted by

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860–1951) studied at Tune Agricultural School, outside Copenhagen, and in 1884 emigrated to the United States. He found a job as a laborer for the Chicago West Parks, where he created the “American Garden,” a unique prairie wildflower garden that revealed the beauties […]

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Dumbarton Oaks

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted by

Dumbarton Oaks Washington, D.C. When Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss commissioned Beatrix Jones Farrand (1872–1959) to design a garden for their new fifty-four-acre Georgetown property, Farrand was one of the country’s most acclaimed landscape architects—Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and Princeton University figured among her prominent clients. Farrand’s diverse training included a horticultural apprenticeship with Charles Sprague […]

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Winterthur

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted by

Winterthur Winterthur, Delaware Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) and Marian Cruger Coffin (1876–1957) began a lifelong friendship while du Pont was studying horticulture at Harvard’s Bussey Institution and Coffin was pursuing a degree in landscape architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the only professional program open to women at the time. Years later, when du […]

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Stan Hywet

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted by

Stan Hywet Akron, Ohio “Few of the thousand or more properties that I have examined and made plans for offer . . . so many and such varied incidents,” wrote Warren Manning in 1911, after visiting the Ohio property Frank Seiberling was considering purchasing. Seiberling’s intention was to build a large country place where he, […]

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Bob Grese, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2010)

Monday, February 20, 2012 | Posted by

Bob Grese, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2010) Bob Grese might have embarked on a career in forestry were it not for a professor in his second year of college. “He told me about a profession I had never heard of—landscape architecture,” says Grese, who has been teaching in the field for twenty-five years, most of them […]

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Tupper Thomas, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY (2011)

Monday, February 20, 2012 | Posted by

Tupper Thomas, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY (2011) In 1980, Tupper Thomas was a young mother in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. After spending several years at home raising her children, she spotted an ad in the New York Times for the position of Prospect Park administrator. “I thought, ‘How lovely—if I got this job, I would live […]

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Beauty Returns to Burnham Island / Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois (2010)

Monday, February 20, 2012 | Posted by

Beauty Returns to Burnham Island (2010) Graceland Cemetery’s Burnham Island, Chicago, Illinois Chicago architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham (1846–1912) is best remembered for something he may not even have said: “Make no little plans.” Whether or not Burnham made this statement—attributed to him by a biographer—it has stuck, possibly because it fit the not-so-little personality and […]

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A Collaborative Masterwork on Lake St. Clair / Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (2011)

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Posted by

A Collaborative Masterwork on Lake St. Clair (2011)  Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan In the 1920s, landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860–1951) designed four estate landscapes for Eleanor and Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, the inventor of the Model T. The last of these was built between 1926 and 1930 on Gaukler […]

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