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Virginia House ca.1950-1981

Landscape architect:
Gillette, Charles F
Architect:
Morse, Henry G.
Physical description:
2 folders+ 16 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Richmond County, Richmond
Virginia
Richmond
Virginia House (Richmond, Virginia)
Date:
1950
1950-1981
ca1950-1981
Notes:
The house, dating to 1125, was relocated from Warwickshire, England to Richmond, Virginia between 1925 and 1929. Called the Priory of St. Sepulchre, it served as a monastery for four hundred years. During the 1540s, the house was reconstructed as a manor house. Once moved to Richmond, Gillette designed the landscape with "pleasances," a series of small terraced gardens, pools, and paths. The pleasances include a water garden, perennial bed, azalea garden, tea garden, wildflower meadow, woodland walk, bog garden, pergola, and Sulgrave Garden.
Persons associated with the property include: Alexander Wilbourne and Virginia Chase Weddell (former owners, 1925-1928); Virginia Historical Society (owners, 1929-present); Charles Gillette (landscape designer, 1928-1940); and Henry Grant Morse (architect, 1925).
Summary:
Folders include work sheets, brochures, and copies of articles.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Derek Fell, "Roots of Traditionalism," in Southern Accents (March-April 1989)
Garden has been featured in "Virginia House Gardens," Better Homes and Gardens America's Gardens (New York: Meredith Press, 1964), p. 25
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
VA294000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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