United States of America, Ohio, Franklin County, Columbus
Sessions Village #2 (Columbus, Ohio)
Located on ten acres, Sessions Village is divided into 29 plots with freestanding homes. It is part of a huge plot of land owned by Francis Sessions who, in 1927, formed a corporation to build the village. Inspired by the French Norman village style, architect Robert Reeves, Sr. designed this self-contained community in its entirety. It is enclosed by high garden walls planted with gray beech, oaks, and elm trees that offer privacy from nearby development. Archways and shrubbery accent the gated entrance. Once inside the gated entry, stucco, half-timber, brick, stone, slate and wrought iron are used to the best possible effect. Some notable features include houses with high, pitched roofs and picturesque chimneys, diamond paned windows, walled gardens, formal courtyard entrances, and narrow paths to rear gardens and narrow streets edged with cobblestone. The community features common areas for residents including a pond and garden.
Persons associated with the garden include: Robert Reeves, Sr. (architect and former owner, 1928-1939); Strouse Campbell (former owner, 1940); Rupert E. Schotts (former owner, 1941-1942); Carl Mitchell Tree (former owner, 1943-1978); Donald W. Nelson (1979-1983); Betsy M. Kent (former owner, 1984-1985); Sally Windels (former owner, 1986-1996); Carl R. Frye (landscape architect,1929); Marion V. Packard (landscape architect, 1980s) and Judith Dunn Fisher (garden designer 1997-present).
There is additional documentation of other gardens in Sessions Village. See OH226000, OH230000, and OH232000-235000.
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles, and other information.