United States of America, New York, Monroe County, Rochester
Woodside (Rochester, New York)
Woodside was originally built around 1838 in the Greek Revival style by Silas O. Smith, a dry-goods merchant.. Landscape architect Sibley Coslett Smith, whose parents lived next door (but were not related to Silas O. Smith), designed a garden for the property about 1917, when it was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Willard. After years of neglect the garden was restored in 1978 according to the original blueprints and sketches. The restoration featured crabapple, lilac, hollies, and perennials as well as structural details such as a gazebo and tuteurs. An island in the driveway was planted with ferns, Japanese maple, and dwarf Scotch pines. Woodside was for many years the home of the Rochester Historical Society, but was sold around 2009 and returned to private ownership.
Persons associated with the site include Sibley Coslett Smith (landscape architect, 1917), Silas O. Smith (former owner, ca. 1838), and Ernest R. and Mary L. Willard (former owners, 1917).
The folders include worksheets, photocopies of articles about the house and garden, photocopies of Sibley C. Smith's designs and sketches, and additional information about the property.
Garden has been featured in John Taylor Boyd, Jr.,"Some Principles of Small House Design," The Architectural Record, Vol. XLVI, No. V (November 1919), pp. 403-415