United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia
Ropsley (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The original purchase consisted of 85 acres--2/3 in Chestnut Hill and 1/3 by the city boundary in Springfield Township, Montgomery County. An army hospital was constructed ca. 1862 on the original tract. The property was subdivided at an unknown date. It is believed that "Ropsley" was built on subdivided land in 1917.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Randal and Frances Morgan family (former owners, ca. 1890-early 1950s); Mantle Fielding (architect, 1895, 1905); and Fletcher Steele (landscape architect).
The folder includes a worksheet and copies of articles.
Five 35 mm slides are not catologued. Two are copied from a published book. The other three are b & w, and show arborvitae with water features.
Garden featured in Chestnut Hill Historical Society, Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1850-1910 (Ohio State University Press, 1992)
Garden featured in Robin Karson, Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect: An Account of the Gardenmakers Life 1885 - 1971 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989) p. 232