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Avalon 1912-1949

Architects:
Delano & Aldrich
Former owner:
Brewster, Robert S.
Landscape architect:
Shipman, Ellen
Landscape architects:
Wadley & Smythe
Physical description:
1 folder+ 53 35mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New York, Westchester County, Mount Kisco
New York
Mt. Kisco
Avalon (Mt. Kisco, New York)
Date:
1912
1912-1949
Notes:
Designed as a summer home by the firm of Delano & Aldrich, Avalon is located in a hilly, wooded area in Mt. Kisco, New York. Its principal landscape architects were Wadley & Smythe, followed by Ellen Shipman, who worked on the property in the 1920s. With its Italianate garden, Avalon features a vista extending from a swimming pool to a small temple. Another axis intersecting with the loggia leads through a wooded hill to a vista of another small temple. Below the residence a pergola leads to a walled elliptical informal flower garden featuring a small pool with two frog-shaped fountain heads. An irregularly shaped perennial bed surrounds this water feature.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Robert S. Brewster (former owner, 1912-?); Ellen Shipman (landscape architect, 1920s); Delano & Aldrich (architects, 1912); and Wadley & Smythe (landscape architects, 1912).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of book and journal article excerpts about the garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Samuel Howe, American Country Houses of To-day (New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company, 1915), pp. 118-123
Garden has been featured in P.H. Elwood, Jr., ed., American Landscape Architecture (New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc., 1924) pp. 36 and 180
Garden has been featured in Augusta Owen Patterson, American Homes of To-day: Their Architectural Style, Their Environment, Their Characteristics (New York: Macmillan, 1924), pp. 334-335
Garden has been featured in Richard G. Kenworthy, "Published Records of Italianate Gardens in America," Journal of Garden History 10, No. 1 (January-March 1990), pp. 53-54 [includes additional published bibliographic citations]
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NY394000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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