United States of America, Illinois, Cook County, Kenilworth
Coolidge Garden (Kenilworth, Illinois)
A private residence on one acre has a 1929 house of asymmetrical design, with a rectangular sunken lawn behind the house surrounded by low retaining walls that are symmetrically punctuated by four stone stairways. The walls serve as raised beds for perennials and shrubs. Two concrete jardinières at each stairway are planted in topiary boxwood. A large patio behind the house is paved in bluestone set in a random pattern. Beyond the patio a stairway leads to the lower elevation lawn. The garden was designed for entertaining, with seating on the patio and under a pergola.
The house has Art Deco ironwork at the front and back doors, which is complemented by an ironwork scrim that supports the pergola. An antique fountain surrounded by boxwood at one end of the lawn balances the pergola at the other end. A shaded woodland garden features an antique limestone bench. The walkway along one side of the house is bordered by perennial flower beds, ground cover beds, and a rose garden.
The Coolidge Garden has been documented by the Garden Conservancy.
Persons associated with the garden include Douglas Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects (landscape architect, 2001 to present).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, historical information about the house and garden, photocopies of articles about the property and garden, reference images, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Pamela Wolfe, Midwest Gardens (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1991), pp. 28-35