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Gibraltar 1918-1967

Landscape architect:
Coffin, Marian Cruger 1876-1957
Former owner:
Sharp, Hugh Rodney 1880-1968
Sharp, Isabella Mathieu du Pont 1882-1946
Sharp, Hugh Rodney, Jr. d. 1990
Physical description:
1 folder+ 4 glass lantern slides; 28 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Wilmington
Delaware
Wilmington
Gibraltar (Wilmington, Delaware)
Date:
1918
1918-1967
Notes:
Originally designed and planted between 1916 and 1923 by Marian Cruger Coffin, Gibraltar contains a series of unique garden rooms on its six-acre site, with its house designed by Thomas Waterman. Former owners Hugh Rodney Sharp and Isabella Mathieu du Pont Sharp, who commissioned Coffin's work, had a large collection of statuary, urns, and fountains that are featured in the gardens. A highlight of the design is the several terraces--the Flagstone, Evergreen, and Pool. The latter, formerly the site of the Sharp's swimming pool, features a reflecting pool with aquatic plants, surrounded by purple and white Chinese wisteria in the spring and African lilies in the summer. Other features include a flower garden with borders of roses and herbaceous perennials, a bald Cypress alleĢe, an Italian garden pavilion, and English landscape style lawns. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Gibraltar underwent a major restoration project in 1998-1999, which returned the gardens to their original appearance. Gibraltar is now open to the public.
Persons associated with the garden include: Marian Cruger Coffin (landscape architect, 1916-1923); Hugh Rodney Sharp (former owner, 1909-1968); Isabella Mathieu du Pont Sharp (former owner, 1909-1946); and Hugh Rodney Sharp, Jr. (former owner, 1968-1990).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of printed references to the garden, and photocopies of correspondence.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in P. H. Elwood, Jr., ed., American Landscape Architecture (New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc., 1924), p. 25
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
DE003000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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