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Grey Gardens ca.1914-1985

Former owner:
Hill, Anna Gilman
Hill, Robert Carmer
Beale, Edith Ewing Bouvier 1895-1977
Beale, Edith Bouvier 1917-2002
Landscape architect:
Dean, Ruth
Physical description:
1 folder+ 5 lantern slides; 8 slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New York, Suffolk County, East Hampton
New York
East Hampton
Grey Gardens (East Hampton, New York)
Date:
1914
1914-1985
ca1914-1985
Notes:
Grey Gardens, which dates to about 1913, was the seaside summer cottage home of Anna P. Gilman Hill and Robert Carmer Hill, who also owned Niederhurst (NY580). The four-acre property featured an enclosed 75-by-40-foot garden as well as other landscape elements. Although Anna Gilman Hill, author of Forty Years of Gardening, was responsible for much of its planning and upkeep, she also worked with landscape architect Ruth Dean. Under the ownership of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") of "Grey Gardens" film and Broadway musical fame, the gardens became overgrown, but the current owners, who acquired the property in 1979, have successfully undertaken a complete restoration of the house and grounds.
Persons associated with the property include: Robert Carmer Hill and Anna P. Gilman Hill (former owners, c. 1913-1930); Ruth Dean (landscape architect, c. 1913-1930); Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (former owner, c. 1930-1977); and Edith Bouvier Beale (former owner, 1977-1979).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles, photographs, and other information about the house and garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Eloise Roorbach, "'Grey Gardens' by the Sea," The Touchstone and the American Art Student Magazine, Vol. V, No. 4 (July 1919), p. 310
Garden has been featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America, rev. ed (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1924), plates 102 and 103
Garden has been featured in Anna Gilman Hill, Forty Years of Gardening (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1938)
Garden has been featured in Portrait of an Era in Landscape Architecture: The Photographs of Mattie Edwards Hewitt (Bronx, New York: Wave Hill, 1983)
Garden has been featured in Mac Griswold and Eleanor Weller, The Golden Age of American Gardens (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in Association with the Garden Club of America, 1991), p. 115
Garden has been featured in Mac Griswold, "Return to Grey Gardens," House & Garden, Vol. 164, No. 8 (August 1992), pp. 76-83+
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NY103000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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