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Sewell Garden 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014

Thomson, Hal B. 1882-1974
Founders Garden Club of Dallas
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4 folders+ 27 35 mm. slides, 3 digital images, one 4 x 6 print
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Sewell Garden (Dallas, Texas)
2003, 2010, 2012, 2014
Slightly more than an acre with a creek running through it, the house was designed to take advantage of the privacy of the location. The house and garden ornamentation were designed by Hal Thomson. This property, like many Italian gardens relies on water features, detailed stone work, and a sloping site with terraces. The renovation of the classical Italian style garden includes a new crescent-shaped pool and a rustic low key limestone pathway to link all the architectural elements together. These include an original boathouse, stone bridge, and a terrace with balustrade and fountain. An orangerie was added next to the fountain courtyard in 2013, with curved steps inset in the grass slope that leads to i. Also a high stucco wall was added. The present owners' goal was to do only the work that enhanced the original designs of the house and garden.
This garden was initially documented for the Archives of American Gardens in 2003. Updates of the garden documentation were provided in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
People associated with this garden include: Mr. and Mrs. George Light (former owners); Mr. and Mrs. Crespi (former owners); Mr. and Mrs. Enslie Oglesby (former owners, 1971-1991); Hal Thomson (architect, 1915? or 1919?); J. Wilson Fuqua & Associates (architect of renovation, 1991-1993 and architect of orangerie, 2013); Warren Hill Johnson (landscape architect, 1991-1993); and Paul Fields (landscape architect, 2002-2004, 2013).
The folders contain a worksheet, site plan, plant list, copies of landscape plans, owner documentation, and an article.
Garden featured in House and Garden, 1922
Garden featured in Southern Accents, September-October 1997
Garden featured in Lydia Longshore, The Southern Garden (Boston: Bulfinch Press 2001)
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Archives of American Gardens

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