United States of America, Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore
Rusty Rocks (Baltimore, Maryland)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Martin. This collection includes a number of autochromes, an early color photgraphy.
The 2-acre property is situated in an abandoned rock quarry in Baltimore, Maryland. The terraces and home were created using rocks from the quarry and the unusual properties of the stone gave Rusty Rocks its name. The house was built in 1907 within Roland Park, an early planned suburb by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and Edward H. Bouton, president of the Roland Park Company. Bouton was the original owner of Rusty Rocks. Olmsted and Bouton's wife, Luella Bouton, transformed the tangled abandoned landscape into a wildflower sanctuary. A series of terraces, shaded by giant oaks, sycamores, and dogwood, lead downhill to a grassy clearing which evokes the illusion of extensive woodland seclusion.
The garden includes wisteria, wildflowers, mertensia, and violets. The space acted as a setting for community gatherings and wildflower preservation advocacy work by Luella Bouton.
Persons associated with the garden include Edward H. & Luella Bouton (former owners, 1907-1930s?), A. J. Tormey (former owner, 1940s?), Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Cloud (former owners, 1950s?), Joseph D. Minutilli (former owner, 1960s-1990s?), Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (landscape architect, 1907).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and other information.
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