The Capitoline Garden, Cobb House Condominium, 2006-2007
Cram, Robert Nathan d. 1930
Stone, James Hicks 1889-1928
Beacon Hill Garden Club
1 folder + 9 35 mm. slides (photographs); 3 photographic prints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
Capitoline Garden, The, Cobb House Condominium (Boston, Massachusetts)
Located on Beacon Hill, this garden is a well-preserved vestige of the post-1900 movement to convert the service areas of 19th-century townhouses into gardens. The garden was originally designed in 1928 by Harvard landscape design graduate Robert Nathan Cram to lie behind two adjoining Joy Street houses (ca. 1810) that he owned. The Depression intervened, however; Cram, financially ruined, died a suicide in 1930 and subsequent owners made many changes. Finally, in 1984 the property was converted to condominium apartments. The condominium association has imaginatively planted and carefully maintained its unique little courtyard. Remarkably, the outlines of Cram's original design are still in place, with several features intact: a chin-deep "plunging pool" fed by a dolphin-head fountain and a pergola supported by twisted columns.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert Nathan Cram (landscape architect, 1928-30) and James Hicks Stone (architect, 1928).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, copies of articles about the garden from the 1920s and 1930s, and other information.
Garden has been featured in James Ernest King, "A Roman Bath Unearthed in a Beacon Hill Backyard," Boston Traveler, December 14, 1929
Garden has been featured in Jack Frost, "Fancy This," Boston Globe, March 22, 1935