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Boxly 1860-1993

Former owner:
Penn, William
Pastorius, Francis Daniel
Du Barry, Joseph
Sheridan, Owen
Peck, Frederick W. G. Mrs.
Former owners:
Taylor, Frederick Winslow Mr. Mrs.
Architect:
Fielding, Mantle 1865-1941
Landscape architect:
Gallagher, Percival
Peck, Frederick W. G.
Civil engineer:
Vandu Zee, Harold
Gardener:
Bender, Robert
Landscape architects:
Olmsted Brothers
Physical description:
3 folders+ 4 glass lantern slides; 63 35 mm. slides; 17 photonegatives
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Boxly (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1860
1860-1993
Notes:
"Boxly" was originally established by Joseph Du Barry (a friend of Joseph Bonaparte) as "Mulberry Farm." The property was the center of an unsuccessful silk industry in the early 19th century. It was later purchased by the famous efficiency engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor, who built the first undulating putting green (for golf) in America at the property. He renamed it "Boxly" because of its then 100-year-old boxwood bushes. The property was redesigned in the 1950s and 1960s.
Persons associated with the property include: William Penn (former owner, 1681-1683); Francis Daniel Pastorius (former owner, 1683-?); Joseph Du Barry (former owner, 1803-?); Owen Sheridan (former owner, 1833-?); Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Winslow Taylor (former owners, 1901-1951); Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. G. Peck (former owners and landscape architect, 1951-1998); Mantle Fielding (architect, 1901-1905); the Olmsted Brothers (landscape architects, 1901-1910); Percival Gallagher (landscape architect, 1901-1910); Harold Vandu Zee (civil engineer, 1901-1915); and Robert Bender (gardener, 1902-?).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets, photocopies of newspaper and other printed references about the garden, and photocopies of photographs of the garden when it was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Winslow Taylor (before 1951).
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Frank Barkley Copley, Frederick W. Taylor: Father of Scientific Management (New York: Harper & Bros., 1923)
Garden has been featured in Stanley Schuler, America's Great Private Gardens (New York: Macmillan, 1967)
Garden has been featured in Mac Griswold and Eleaner Weller, The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940 (New York: Harry N. Abrams/Garden Club of America, 1991), p. 134
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA009000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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