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Filoli, 1927-1987

Former owner:
Bourn, William Bowers, II
Bourn, Agnes Moody
Roth, William P.
Roth, Lurline Matson
Landscape architect:
Porter, Bruce 1865-1953
Horticulturist:
Worn, Isabella
Architect:
Polk, Willis 1867-1924
Brown, Arthur, Jr. 1874-1957
Owner:
National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States
Physical description:
2 folders+ 40 35 mm. slides (photographs); 3 lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, California, San Mateo County, Woodside
California
Woodside
Filoli (Woodside, California)
Date:
1927
1927-1987
Notes:
Looking toward the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Filoli lies about 25 miles south of San Francisco in the Crystal Springs Watershed. The mansion and gardens were built between 1916 and 1919 for William Bowers Bourn, II, and his wife Agnes Moody Bourn, who founded the Hillsborough Garden Club in 1922. Willis Polk was architect for the mansion, Arthur Brown, Jr., undertook additional architectural designs, and Bruce Porter designed the gardens. Isabella Worn supervised the gardens' planting and oversaw maintenance of the gardens for many years thereafter. Encompassing more than 15 acres, the gardens incorporate a formal design with imaginative plantings and many unique specimens from outside the United States. Following the Bourns' deaths in 1936, the property was acquired by William P. and Lurline Matson Roth. In 1975 Mrs. Roth deeded the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include William Bowers Bourn, II, and Agnes Moody Bourn (former owners, 1916-1936); William P. and Lurline Matson Roth (former owners, 1937-1975); Bruce Porter (landscape architect, 1916-1919); Isabella Worn (horticulturist, 1916-1950); Willis Polk (architect, 1916-1919); and Arthur Brown, Jr. (architect).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets, brochures, photocopies of published materials about the garden, correspondence, and additional information about the house and garden, including a detailed site study prepared in 1990 for Filoli docents.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Famous Gardens, Selected from Country Life (New York: Country Life-American Home Corporation, 1937), pp. 3-8, 86
Garden has been featured in "The Herald of an Era: California's Premier Country Place," Garden Design, 1, No. 2 (Autumn 1982), pp. 52-59
Garden has been featured in Jeanne McDermott, "Filoli," Horticulture (March 1984), pp. 28-35
Garden has been featured in Donald DeNevi and Thomas Moulin, comps., Gabriel Moulin's San Francisco Peninsula: Town & Country Homes 1910-1930 (Sausalito, CA: Windgate Press, 1985)
Garden has been featured in Murray Alcosser, America in Bloom: Great American Gardens Open to the Public (New York: Rizzoli, 1991), pp. 22-27
Garden has been featured in Ellen Henke, "Filoli," Flower & Garden, 36, No. 1 (February-March 1992), pp. 63-65
Garden has been featured in Timmy Gallagher and Christopher McMahon, The Gardens at Filoli (San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1994)
Garden has been featured in David C. Streatfield, California Gardens: Creating a New Eden (New York: Abbeville Press, 1994), pp. 96-101
Garden has been featured in Andrew Purvis, "Garden of a Golden Age," Smithsonian, May 2010, pp. 60-65
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CA072000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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