United States of America, Colorado, El Paso County, Colorado Springs
Mesacrest (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
This 3.1-acre garden site, with an adjoining 6.1 acres, was originally part of a 15-acre estate. The English Tudor style house was completed in 1928, and the original landscape plan was conceived by S. R. DeBoer of Denver, although few of the original plantings remain. The existence of many early drawings and plant lists, however, have enabled the current landscape architect, Fawn Hayes Bell, to restore much of DeBoer's design while adapting the grounds to reflect the lifestyle of the current owners. The garden style is derived from a blend of English Tudor elements (to reflect the style of the house) and the natural Colorado setting.
Contemporary improvements include a formal drive; central jardiniere; an architectural pergola of natural stone, brick, cast concrete, and wood; a garden folly in the form of a chapel ruin with steps and views into the surrounding native areas; new gate piers; natural stone terrace walls; a vegetable and fruit garden with unique lattice fencing; a small wall fountain; a sundial; xeriscape areas; extensive rose hedges; gravel walks; perennial beds; and a melding of exotic and native trees and shrubs.
Persons associated with the property include: R. Clifford Black (former owner, 1928-1947); Evelyn Walsh McLean (former resident, 1937); Dr. Reginald P. Fung (former owner, 1947-1955); Critchell Parsons (former owner, 1955-1956); Earl H. Schwab (former owner, 1956-1978); Fred R. Kipp (former owner, 1978-1980); Dr. William J. Preston (former owner, 1980-1994); Hart & Shape (architects, 1925-1928); Charles W. Chambers (contractor, 1925-1928); S. R. DeBoer (landscape architect, ca. 1925-1935); Fawn Hayes Bell (landscape architect, 1994-1999); Amy Miller (landscape architect, 1994-1999); Shannon Miller (horticulturist, 1994-1999); and Fredell Enterprises (gardeners, 1994-1999).
The folder includes a worksheet, a copy of the garden plan, detailed plant lists, photocopies of newspaper articles about the 1947 sale of the house, and photocopies of memos regarding the 1990s restoration/improvement project. The garden is noted for its restoration of original design elements in a more contemporary environment, as well as its lush plantings of perennials and magnificent scenic setting.