1 folder+ 4 glass lantern slides; 28 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Wilmington
Gibraltar (Wilmington, Delaware)
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 allée, 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).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of printed references to the garden, and photocopies of correspondence.
Garden has been featured in P. H. Elwood, Jr., ed., American Landscape Architecture (New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc., 1924), p. 25