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Haven Wood, 1924-1984

Former owners:
Ryerson, Edward L. Mr. Mrs.
Landscape architect:
Nichols, Rose Standish
Jensen, Jens 1860-1951
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren
Provenance:
Lake Forest Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 5 35 mm. slides (photographs); 3 lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Illinois, Lake County, Lake Forest
Illinois
Lake Forest
Haven Wood (Lake Forest, Illinois)
Date:
1924
1924-1984
Notes:
Dating to 1912 and originally the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson, Haven Wood was a large country estate with several garden areas. Howard Van Doren Shaw was its architect, while Rose Standish Nichols was its landscape architect, with additional design work by Jens Jensen. The design featured long grassy vistas terminating with sculpture and pergolas. Herbaceous plants were used throughout. A large flower garden of rectangular beds was defined by hedge borders and featured a pool and fountain. There was also a terrace with a balustrade. The house is no longer extant.
Persons associated with the garden include Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson (former owners, 1912-1930s); Rose Standish Nichols (landscape architect (ca. 1912); Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect, ca. 1912); and Jens Jensen (landscape architect, ca. 1912).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of published information about the site, and additional information about the house and garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Arthur W. Colton, "The House That Was Built for a Garden: I.--'Havenwood,' the Home of Mr. Edward L. Ryerson at Lake Forest, Illinois," Garden Magazine (December 1921), pp. 187-189
Garden has been featured in Ralph Rodney Root, "Country Place Types of the Middle West," The Architectural Record 55, No. 1 (January 1924)
Garden has been featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America, Revised Edition (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1924), pp. 447-454
Garden has been featured in Leonard K. Eaton, Landscape Artist in America: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1964)
Garden has been featured in Richard G. Kenworthy, "Published Records of Italianate Gardens in America," Journal of Garden History 10, No. 1 (January-March 1990), pp. 29-30
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
IL022000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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