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Beacon Ridge South 1999

Former owners:
James, Arthur Curtiss Mr. Mrs.
Former owner:
Cullen, Tom
James Foundation of New York
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rhode Island
Brainerd Snelling Trustees
James Trust
Castle Hill Construction
Landscape architects:
Olmsted Brothers
Provenance:
Garden Club of New Haven
Physical description:
1 folder+ 34 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Rhode Island, Newport County, Newport
Rhode Island
Newport
Beacon Ridge South (Newport, Rhode Island)
Date:
1999
1999-1999
Notes:
This four-acre garden is the north section of the extensive rose garden of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Curtiss James laid out on Beacon Hill between granite ridges beginning in 1921. The original, larger James estate was subdivided in the late 20th century. After 1981 the current owner restored many architectural features, including masonry pillars, walls, steps, and balustrades, some ironwork, and the pergola beams. Missing garden ornaments were replaced. The formality of the axial features has been retained, and new plantings of hybrid roses and climbers around these are in the spirit of the original lavish rose garden. Horticultural interest and variety are given by informal plantings at the edge of the lawns and on the rocks.
Persons, organizations, and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Curtiss James (former owners, 1910-1941); the James Foundation of New York (former owner, 1942-1951); the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rhode Island (former owner, 1951-1973); Brainerd Snelling Trustees and the James Trust (former owners, 1973-1978); Castle Hill Construction (Tom Cullen) (former owner, 1978-1981); and Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects (landscape architects, 1921-).
Summary:
The folder includes a worksheet, a property plan, and additional information about the Olmsted design and the restoration of the garden.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
RI158000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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