United States of America, Georgia, Richmond County, Augusta
Underwood Garden (Augusta, Ga.)
"The Underwood House and Garden were built in the art deco period. The house is Mediterranean style, featuring stucco columns and chains, reflecting pool and flower beds, as well as expansive grass and wooded areas.
"This Cumming Road property, just across the stree from the old Bon Aire Hotel, consists of 1 1/2 acres of grounds and a Mediterranean house built by W. Orison Underwood in 1929. Mr. Underwood was Secretary of State. He and his wife were regular winter visitors to Augusta. The garden, neglected after the Great Depression, has been restored. The main feature of the garden is a double row of concrete pillars connected by chains, which border a refelcting pool and flower beds (originally these were probably roses, now they are filled with daylilies) with an arched stucco wall at the far end."
"The best view of this house is from the main level of the house, a full story above the garden and designed with the view from above in mind. The area behind the house is heavily wooded. There are interesting 'bones' from the past including a cistern, well, and decaying fences. From the house, one can see an impressive view of downtown Augusta and the immediate view of neighbors is screened with a row of Little Gem Magnolias. "
Persons associated with the property include: W. Orison and Bessie Underwood (former owners from 1929 to 1947); Virginia B. Weiss (former owner from 1947 to 1951); Winifred Zimmerman (former owner from 1951 to 1971); Joseph and Elizabeth Savage (former owners from 1971 to 1979).
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The folder includes plans, drawings, and a description and worksheet done by GCA researcher Katherine Mackie.
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