United States of America, New Jersey, Essex County, Montclair
Villa Narcault (Montclair, New Jersey)
Charles A. Platt, brother of the owner, John C. Platt, studied under Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Platt designed the lawn area (sunken garden) and the area around it. The pool and parterre garden were added at a later time. Platt also made major changes to the house giving it a feeling of an Italian villa.
Persons associated with the garden include: John C. and Frances Marie Platt (former owners, 1896-1933); Mary Cheney Platt (former owner, 1933-1944); Rodney and Caroline Stuart (former owners, 1944-1955); Edward M. and Grace Powers (1955-1974); Gerald and Sharon Freeman (former owners, 1974-1985); William and Lydia Baccoli (former owners, 1985-1998); and Charles A. Platt (landscape architect and architect, 1896?).
The folder includes a worksheet, copy of New Jersey Historic Preservation Structure Survey form, copy of photographs from book, and drawing of landscape features.
This garden has been featured in Metropolitan Home, November 1981; American Homes and Garden, October, 1906; and Guy Lowell, ed., American Garden