United States of America, New York, Westchester County, Mount Kisco
Avalon (Mt. Kisco, New York)
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).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of book and journal article excerpts about the garden.
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]