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Tullymore, circa 2000; 2010-2012

Former owner:
Oliver, John C.
Oliver, Elizabeth S.
McLeod, Donald
Architect:
Trimble, Robert Maurice 1871-1943
Landscape architect:
Orth, A. B (Alexander Beatty) 1868-1920
Garden designer:
Allen, William E
Provenance:
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Physical description:
1 folder+ 10 photographic prints; 15 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Sewickley
Pennsylvania
Sewickley
Tullymore (Sewickley, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2000
2000-2012
circa 2000 2010-2012
Notes:
Tullymore is an historic property, reduced from the original 6.23 acres to 2.3 acres but retaining features of the original garden design done by A.B. Orth in 1915. The site is terraced, punctuated by sandstone columned pergolas and pavilions with wooden beams that are covered by wisteria vines. Other hardscaping that has been maintained includes brick walkways and decorative fencing made of stacked red bricks set in stone and capped by sandstone balustrades. A sunken formal parterre garden has boxwood edging around beds of roses that the owners maintain themselves. The formal garden was in the original design and was redesigned circa 1928, replacing gravel walks with flagstone and a round feature at the center of the eight garden beds with a rectangular pool and fountain. There are records of more varied plantings in earlier times including a rock garden with 1,500 plants for continuous bloom from spring to fall that was installed circa 1935. A bed of peonies on the street side of the property remains and the boundary hedges have grown larger over the years.
The house was designed by architect Robert Maurice Trimble in the Georgian style with subtle details of Tudor influence.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: John C. and Elizabeth S. Oliver (former owners, 1912-1969); Donald McLeod (former owner, 1970-1980); Robert Maurice Trimble (architect, 1912); A. B. Orth of George S. Orth and Brother (landscape architect, circa 1915); William E. Allen (garden designer, 1929).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, historical photographs, and photocopies of articles and historical and architectural documentation.
Publications:
This property is featured in: "The Architectural Record," published in 1927?; "Tullymore: A Seat of Serenity on an Edgeworth Hillside" by Joe Smith, published in Sewickley Magazine, April 1985; "Historic Houses of the Sewickley Valley" Sewickley Valley Historical Society, published 2011
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA698000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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