United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Pittsburgh
La Petite Maison (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
La Petite Maison is a formal garden established in 2001 on a half-acre property with the colors of the flowers and decorative elements limited to blue and white. Both the house and garden reflect French style, with lacy cast iron trim reminiscent of New Orleans. Nikko blue hydrangeas, liriope, hosta and nepeta provide the blue tones in the garden, which also features phlox, clematis, lilacs, boxwood and arborvitae. There are two terraces for entertaining, one at ground level with a fountain and one for dining off the upper story. A round mirror set in a wall at one end of the garden adds depth. A large stone urn is planted with euonymus and English ivy is another feature.
Persons associated with the garden include Jack Mullens (former owner, 1947); Stewart Cohen (former owner, 1958-1960); Brenda Litman (former owner, 1960-1978); Murray Litman (former owner, 1978-2000); Brandon Smith (architect, 1947); Ron Kotcho (landscape designer, beginning in 2001).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and other information.
This property is featured in "Petite Maison Built Here Combines Old and New" published in Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph, July 8, 1951; "La Petite Maison" by Marylynn Uricchio published in Pittsburgh Quarterly, Spring 2011.; "Designer's classic Squirrel Hill garden named to Smithsonian archives" by Doug Oster published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 6, 2012