United States of America, Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines
Casa Cadenta (Des Moines, Iowa)
"'Casa Cadenta' was modeled after a small villa in Italy and was featured in House and Garden magazine in July 1928. The present owners, for the 41 years of their residency, have maintained an Italianate feeling. Lovely old vine-covered brick and stone walls, brick walks, and steps lead to the several different levels, which include formal beds and terraced lawns partially shaded by old trees, and a variety of ground covers and shrubs. The sweep of lawn is enclosed by hedges. A perennial and kitchen garden can be viewed from the kitchen."
Persons associated with the property include: James C. and Angie Y. Hume (former owners, 1924-1931); Erana K. and Cyrus A. Leland (former owners, 1931-1951);Calvin W. and Eleanor K. Aurand (former owners, 1951-1958); Charles C. Cope (architect, 1924); William Heard (nurseryman and designer, 1970-1985); Jack Bloodgood and Associates (architects, 1969-1973); Karen Strohbeen and William Luchsinger (designers, 1991-1993); Thomas Baldwin (architect, 1994); Barbara Lyford (designer, 1995); and Fred Kaiser (gardener, 1965-).
Additional persons associated with the property include Lynda Chase (photographer, 1988-); Neumann Brothers (contractors/builders, 1973); and Daryl Rockey (contractor/builder, 1994).
The folder includes a narrative history, a copy of a 1928 House and Garden article about the house, a description and worksheet, a plan of the garden, a plant list, and one related slide. The garden is noted for its Italianate atmosphere, its multi-level design, and its use of a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, and other plantings.