United States of America, New York, Nassau County, Oyster Bay, Brookville
Avondale Farm (Brookville, New York)
The Harrimans hired the Olmsted Brothers firm to design their 71-acre property in Brookville, New York. The estate was characterized by natural plantings of trees and shrubs; open vistas; wooded paths; water features; a walled garden; and a rose garden. After former owner, Albert Smith, died in 1936, the estate was subdivided and sold. The house was torn down, and a much smaller Cape Cod style frame house was built on part of the foundation. The gardens remained, but fell into disrepair. The current owner is in the process of restoring the garden according to the Olmsted plans.
Persons and Organizations associated with the garden include: Philip W. Livermore (former owner, ca. 1910-1918); Joseph W. Harriman (former owner, 1918-?); Albert L. Smith (former owner, ?-1936); Robert Lee Henry (former owner, 1945); Margaret Bayne (former owner); Mary W. Harris (former owner, 1956-1973); Hoppin and Koen (architects, ca. 1910); Beatrix Farrand (landscape architect, ca. 1910); Sir Alfred C. Bossom (architect, 1918); Olmsted Brothers (landscape architects, ca. 1920); James F. Dawson and Percival Gallagher (landscapers); and Elizabeth Thompson (garden designer, 1991-present).
The folder includes a work sheet, narrative garden description, features plan, and copy of plan for rose garden (1927).