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Dumbarton Oaks Library Treads Lightly on the Landscape (2008)

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Posted by

Dumbarton Oaks Library Treads Lightly on the Landscape (2008) Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. For about eighteen months spanning 1999 and 2000, officials at Dumbarton Oaks, an international research institution affiliated with Harvard University, considered building a new library underneath part of the property’s Beatrix Farrand–designed landscape. Although no one disputed the need for a new library at […]

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Water, Time, and Vision at Stan Hywet (2008)

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Water, Time, and Vision at Stan Hywet (2008) Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, Ohio In the sloping tract of orchards, open fields, wetlands, and woodlands purchased by Frank and Gertrude Seiberling, Warren H. Manning (1860–1938) immediately recognized opportunities to capture expansive views of wildness and create tranquil garden retreats. But what excited him most was […]

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Kellam de Forest, Santa Barbara, California (2009)

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Kellam de Forest, Santa Barbara, California (2009) “He was one of the first to really embrace the native landscape in California,” says Kellam de Forest about his father, the landscape architect Lockwood de Forest Jr. (1896–1949). “Prior to my father there was much more emphasis on water-intensive Beaux-Arts landscapes. Father didn’t feel they fit the […]

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Landscape Preservation on a Forest Scale / Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, Vermont (2009)

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Landscape Preservation on a Forest Scale (2009) Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, Vermont “What does historic landscape preservation mean when applied to a working forest of 555 acres?” asks Rolf Diamant, superintendent of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, in Woodstock,Vermont. Planted in 1874, the forest in question, which covers less than half of this former country […]

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Parsons Park Rebounds / St. Nicholas Park, New York City (2009)

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Parsons Park Rebounds (2009) St. Nicholas Park, New York City  “A dominant note must be followed with a harmonious treatment, a high hill made higher, a rugged slope more rugged, a deep valley made deeper, thus invariably following nature’s lead,” Samuel Parsons Jr. wrote about his 1906 design for St. Nicholas Park in New York City’s […]

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Can Pastoral Beauty Heal the Mind? / Northern State Hospital, Sedro-Woolley, Washington (2009)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | Posted by

Can Pastoral Beauty Heal the Mind? (2009) Northern State Hospital, Sedro-Woolley, Washington “For most of the twentieth century, Northern State Hospital was one of three state hospitals in Washington for the mentally ill, and the only one with a farm,” says Mary McGoffin, a school nurse in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. “When Northern State closed in 1973, its […]

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Use and Beauty at the Mission House / Stockbridge, Massachusetts (2010)

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Use and Beauty at the Mission House (2010) The Mission House, Stockbridge, Massachusetts “In my ignorance I thought it would be a simple thing to move a house, put it in the middle of the lot, plant grass about it and open it to the public,” wrote Mabel Choate, in a 1932 article for her garden […]

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Caring for a Modernist Masterpiece / The Irwin Miller Garden, Columbus, Indiana (2010)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | Posted by

Caring for a Modernist Masterpiece (2010) The Irwin Miller Garden, Columbus, Indiana  “Dan Kiley told Mrs. Miller that he considered it his best design,” says Mark Zelonis, Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental & Historic Preservation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Admirers of Kiley (1912–2004), one of the most significant landscape architects of the twentieth […]

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Planting Acorns for Lincoln / Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, Illinois (2011)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | Posted by

Planting Acorns for Lincoln (2011) Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, Illinois In 1936, Harriet Knudson, a native of Springfield, Illinois, and a member of the Springfield Civic Garden Club, envisioned a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln: a garden composed only of plants native to Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, the three states in which Lincoln lived. Knudson secured the […]

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Introduction

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | Posted by

A GENIUS FOR PLACE: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era Beginning in the late nineteenth century, new fortunes in the United States made it possible for many city-dwellers to commission country estates. Wealthy industrialists could work in town, and, by train or automobile, escape deteriorating urban centers to enjoy healthy air and breathtaking scenery, […]

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