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Hammersmith Farm 1930-1970

Former owner:
Brenton, William
Auchincloss, John Winthrop
Former owners:
Auchincloss, Hugh D. Mr. Mrs.
Auchincloss, Hugh D., Jr. Mr. Mrs.
Landscape designer:
Barrett, Nathan Franklin
Kellaway, Herbert J.
Timchenko, Boris V.
Landscape architects:
Olmsted Brothers
Physical description:
1 folder+ 12 glass lantern slides; 9 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Rhode Island, Newport County, Newport
Rhode Island
Newport
Hammersmith Farm (Newport, Rhode Island)
Date:
1930
1930-1970
Notes:
Lying at the meeting of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic, Hammersmith Farm was originally settled in the 17th century by surveyor William Brenton and named for his English residence. Eventually passing into the Auchincloss family, the property was landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers firm (records show that the firm was involved with the site from 1909 to 1946). Other designs for the property were developed by Nathan Franklin Barrett, Herbert Kellaway, and Boris V. Timchenko. An elaborate Italianate sunken garden was centered on a pool flanked by low mounds of flowers. Geometrically shaped flowers beds lay to either side, while the space was decorated by urns and columns. A pergola enclosed three sides. The property was the site of the wedding reception of Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr.'s daughter, Jacqueline Bouvier, and John F. Kennedy.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: William Brenton (former owner, after 1638); John W. Auchincloss (former owner, c. 1887); Mr. and Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss (former owners, early 20th century); Mr. and Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss (former owners, mid-20th century); Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects (landscape architects, 1909-1946); Nathan Franklin Barrett (landscape designer, 1912); Herbert J. Kellaway (landscape designer); and Boris V. Timchenko (landscape designer, 1959).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, a brochure, and photocopies of photographs of and articles about the garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Mac Griswold and Eleanor Weller, The Golden Age of American Gardens (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with the Garden Club of America, 1991), p. 31
Garden has been featured in Harriet Jackson Phelps, Newport in Flower (Newport, RI: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1979), pp. 25-34
Garden has been featured in "Photographs of Auchincloss Garden," The Architectural Review (Boston), XV, No. 5 (1908), plates XXVIII-XXXII
Garden has been featured in Arthur G. Eldridge, "The Garden of Hammersmith Farm, Newport, R.I.," Country Life in America, XXX, No. 2 (June 1916), pp. 40-43
Garden has been featured in Gleason (photographer), "The Gardens of Hammersmith Farm," Horticulture, XI, No. 24 (1933), pp. 408-409
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
RI025000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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