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Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum 1930-1998

Former owner:
Rotch, William, Jr.
Jones, Edward Coffin
Jones, Amelia Hickling
Duff, Mark
Duff, Beatrice
Waterfront Historic Area League
Architect:
Upjohn, Richard
Gardener:
Howard, William
Landscape architect:
Coolidge, John Mrs.
Landscape designer:
Underwood, Sue
Physical description:
1 folder+ 1 lantern slide; 13 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Bristol County, New Bedford
Massachusetts
New Bedford
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (New Bedford, Massachusetts)
Date:
1930
1930-1998
Notes:
Named for several previous owners, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum incorporates a Greek Revival style house designed in 1834 by architect Richard Upjohn with a garden encompassing a city block. Original owner William Rotch, Jr., a whaling entrepreneur and civic leader, would become the father-in-law of James Arnold, benefactor of the Arnold Arboretum. The current garden largely reflects the Jones family's period of stewardship (1851-1935) and includes a formal boxwood rose parterre, a gazebo-like pergola, a formal cutting garden, and an award winning woodland/wildflower walk. Significant changes were also made by Boston landscape architect Mrs. John Coolidge during the Duff family's residence. Founded in 1983, the museum is a partner in the New Bedford Whaling Museum National Historical Park.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: William Rotch, Jr. (former owner, 1834-1851); Edward Coffin Jones and his daughter Amelia Hickling Jones (former owners, 1851-1935); Mark and Beatrice Duff (former owners, 1935-1981); the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) (former owner, 1981-1985); Richard Upjohn (architect, 1834); William Howard (gardener, 1847-1890); Mrs. John Coolidge (landscape architect, 1937); and Sue Underwood (architect of cutting garden,1994).
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MA149000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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