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Khakum Wood 1908-1924

Landscape architect:
Olmsted, Frederick Law Jr
Former owner:
Stokes, Issac Newton Phelps 1867-1944
Physical description:
1 folder+ 6 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
Khakum Wood (Greenwich, Connecticut)
The first section of their Tudor-style house was finished in 1908. From an advertisement selling the materials of a half-timbered Tudor manor house, called High-Low in English Country Life magazine, Stokes decided to buy it and add it onto his house. The Tudor manor house was built in 1597 near Suffolk, England. The building was finished in 1912. The land surrounding the house was developed into a typical English garden. Landscape features a walled garden, "pleasuance" pleached linden allee. The Stokes' named their property Khakum Wood after a spring. The house itself continued to be known as the High-Low House. In 1925, Stokes began to sell plots of his land according to a plan with Olmsted for a highly restricted residential estate. After Phelps Stokes death in 1944, his estate was bought for the property, and was torn down to make way for a modern structure.
Views taken during reconstruction. National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted Historical, National Historical Site.
Persons and firms associated with the garden and property include: Frederick Law, Jr. (landscape architect); and Issac Newton Phelps Stokes (former owner).
The folder includes worksheets and copy of article.
Garden featured in Country Life (April 1924)pp. 63-65
Garden featured in The Junior League of Greenwich, Connecticut, INC., The Great Estates: Greenwich, Connecticut, 1880-1930 (Canaan, New Hampshire: Phoenix Publishing, 1986)pp. 110-113
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Archives of American Gardens

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