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Thomas Warren Sears [slide]

Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 photonegative: glass; 5 x 7 in
Type:
Projected media
Date:
1930
Ca. 1900-1910
Topic:
Men
Portraits
Local number:
SRS079042
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Portrait of Thomas Warren Sears
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Thomas Warren Sears [photonegative]

Landscape Architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 photonegative: b&w ; 3 x 5 in
Type:
Projected media
Date:
1906
1906 Jul
Topic:
Men
Local number:
SRS048002
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Photograph of Thomas W. Sears during a boat trip to England in June-July, 1906
The film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution. Negative Number - 94-7288
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Archives of American Gardens
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Thomas Warren Sears [photonegative]

Landscape Architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 photonegative: b&w ; 3 x 5 in
Type:
Projected media
Date:
1906
1906 Jul
Topic:
Men
Local number:
SRS048006
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Photograph of Thomas W. Sears during a boat trip to England in June-July, 1906
The film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution. Negative Number - 94-7292
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Thomas Warren Sears [photonegative]

Landscape Architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 photonegative: b&w ; 3 x 5 in
Type:
Projected media
Date:
1906
1906 Jul
Topic:
Men
Boats
Local number:
SRS048003
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Photograph of Thomas W. Sears during a boat trip to England in June-July, 1906
The film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution. Negative Number - 94-7289
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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[Backus Garden] [glass negative]: photograph of a perspective sketch by Thomas Warren Sears

Landscape architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 glass negative: b&w.; 8 X 10 in
Type:
Glass negatives
Place:
United States of America, Michigan, Wayne County, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores
Michigan
Grosse Pointe Shores
Backus Garden (Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan)
Date:
1930
1940
[between 1930 and 1940]
Topic:
Perspective drawings
Formal gardens
Houses
Gardens
Local number:
MI024001
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
An anomaly among the Backus Garden documentation, this is an image of a perspective sketch by Thomas Warren Sears. It shows a sunken garden with a narrow strip of turf/garden borders leading to a fountain with a trellis on either side of it. The garden is surrounded by a brick wall and looks to have some kind of a greenhouse adjoining it, adjacent to the house. This may have been an unrealized proposal for the Grosse Pointe Shores property or a design created for an earlier Backus residence, since "Detroit, Mich." is indicated as the client location
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[Volkmann School] [glass negative]: graduating class; Thomas Warren Sears is on the extreme right

Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Subject:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 glass negative: b&w ; 3 x 5 in
Type:
Glass negatives
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
Volkmann School (Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
1895
[between 1895 and 1900]
Topic:
Portraits
Men
Boys
Local number:
MA124001
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
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Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection, 1900-1966

Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
American Society of Landscape Architects
Harvard University
Olmsted Brothers
Provenance:
Tibbetts, Eleanor Sears
Physical description:
44.5 cubic ft
4564 negatives : glass
182 lantern slides
56 architectural plans
Type:
Albums
Collection descriptions
Blueprints
Lantern slides
Negatives
Plans (drawings)
Place:
United States
England
Italy
France
Switzerland
Germany
Scotland
Date:
1900
1900-1966
Topic:
Landscape architects
Gardens
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Thomas Warren Sears was born in 1880 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1903 and Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture from the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard in 1906. Sears was an amateur photographer who won awards for his photography while at Harvard. In 1915 his images were published in the book, Parish Churches of England. After graduation he worked for the firm of Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects for two years and then briefly practiced in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1913, Sears established an office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he spent the remainder of his professional career
Sears designed many different types of landscapes ranging from private residences, schools, and playgrounds to parks, cemeteries, and urban housing developments. His designs were primarily located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. Just a few of his private landscapes include Marengo in Easton, Maryland; Sunnybrook, the Isaac H. Clothier, Jr. estate in Radnor, Pennsylvania; and Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland. In 1915, Sears started work on Reynolda, a country estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He generated design plans for the property intermittently over the next two decades. Reynolda's formal gardens, greenhouses, and acres of fields and woodlands subsequently became part of Wake Forest University
During World War I, Sears designed Army camps in Battle Creek, Michigan and Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also helped lay out Langley Field, at that time an experimental aviation field in Hampton Roads, Virginia. In the 1940s, Sears designed the amphitheater at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania for concerts, outdoor performances, and other special events. During that decade he also worked on Colonial Revival gardens at Pennsbury, William Penn's country estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania located by the Delaware River. Sears retired in 1964 and died in 1966
Summary:
This collection documents the work of Thomas Warren Sears (1880-1966), a landscape architect and amateur photographer from Brookline, Massachusetts. Sears designed a variety of different types of landscapes ranging from private residences, schools, and playgrounds to parks, cemeteries, and urban housing developments located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. The collection includes over 4,600 black and white glass negatives and glass lantern slides dated circa 1900 to 1966. While most images show private and public gardens, there are a significant number of unidentified views and views photographed in Europe during two trips he took there in 1906 and 1908. Few images are captioned or dated. In addition, there are approximately 50 plans and drawings, most notably for Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland and Reynolda in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and photocopies of articles and information about Sears
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Sears Garden [slide]

Physical description:
1 photonegative: glass; 5 x 7 in
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Ardmore
Gardens
Pennsylvania
Ardmore
Date:
1920
1939
C. late 1920s or early 1930s
Topic:
Boys
Chairs
Interior views
Children
Local number:
PA088012
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Photograph of Thomas Warren Sears, Jr
Data Source:
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[Holly Beach Farm] [slide (photograph)]: a view across the pergola to the gazebo at the end of the garden

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Pickering Studio
Physical description:
1 slide (photograph): b&w ; 35 mm
Type:
Slides (photographs)
Place:
United States of America, Maryland, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis
Maryland
Annapolis
Holly Beach Farm (Annapolis, Maryland)
Date:
1914
Topic:
Gardens
Vista
Allées
Walkways, grass
Garden borders
Shrubs
Pergolas
Gazebos
Local number:
MD086002
Notes:
The slide was made in 1983 and was taken of an earlier image, probably a photographic print produced sometime between 1914 and 1925. Although Pickering Studio [Edgar H. Pickering of Annapolis] is indicated on the slide mount as the photographer, the image is identical to the original glass plate negative in the Archives of American Gardens' Thomas Warren Sears Collection (MD086011), taken in 1914. The Pickering Studio may have prepared a print from the Sears negative
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Selborne Farms 1917

Landscape architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Former owner:
Bird, John B.
Physical description:
1 folder+ 16 photonegatives
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Centerville
Delaware
Centerville
Selborne Farms (Centerville, Delaware)
Date:
1917
1917-1917
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
DE009000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Selborne Farms was located in Centerville, Delaware, north of Wilmington. At the time the property was landscaped by Thomas W. Sears it was owned by John B. Bird
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Thomas Warren Sears (landscape architect, 1917) and John B. Bird (former owner, 1917)
Summary:
The folder includes a worksheet and additional information
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Sibley C. Smith Children, 1910-1920

Subject:
Smith, Sibley Coslett children
Smith, M. W. children
Physical description:
1 folder+ 16 glass negatives
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1910
1910-1920
Local number:
SRS059000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
It is likely, based on notations on their containers, that these images show the children of Sibley Coslett Smith and M.W. Smith. Sibley C. Smith was a landscape architect who practiced in Providence, Rhode Island, at 107 Westminster Street. Thomas Warren Sears used the same business address in the 1910s, which is when these photos were probably taken. It is not clear, however, whether they were taken in Providence or in some other location. Sibley C. Smith is the landscape architect of various perspective sketches found in the Sears Collection (see NY254, RI049, RI050, RI051, RI052, and RI053)
Summary:
The folder includes working lists, photocopies of images, and other information
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Miscellaneous Sites in Brookline, Massachusetts, 1910

Physical description:
1 folder+ 15 glass negatives; 2 lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Brookline
Massachusetts
Brookline
Date:
1910
1910-1910
Local number:
MA126000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
These images depict various houses and locations in Brookline, Massachusetts, Thomas Warren Sears's hometown. Most of the sites are between St. Paul and Carleton Streets and include properties located in the Longwood and Cottage Farm historic districts. Identification of individual images was facilitated by Greer Hardwicke, Preservation Planner in the Town of Brookline's Office of Planning and Community Development
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of historic district data sheets, and photocopies of correspondence relating to the identification of the sites
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Backus Garden, 1910-1966

Landscape architect:
Steele, Fletcher
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Architect:
Cram, Ralph Adams 1863-1942
Derrick, Robert O.
Former owner:
Backus, Standish 1875-1943
Backus, Dorothy
Physical description:
1 folder+ 14 slides (photographs); 1 glass negative
Type:
Slides (photographs)
Place:
United States of America, Michigan, Wayne County, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores
Michigan
Grosse Pointe Shores
Backus Garden (Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan)
Date:
1910
1910-1966
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MI024000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Beginning around 1928, Fletcher Steele worked over a period of years designing a garden for Standish and Dorothy Backus at their new home in Grosse Pointe Shores. Featuring architectural work by Ralph Adams Cram and Robert O. Derrick, the entire estate, including the gardens, reflected its owners' love of English Gothic-Tudor design elements. Yet the natural setting allowed Steele to incorporate such elements as broad lawns and a view leading to Lake St. Clair. A wild garden, terraces, formal gardens, and courtyards were accented by a variety of balustrades, obelisks, and other ornaments, including an endpost featuring relief portraits of Steele, Cram, and Derrick. Some of Steele's proposals were never realized, and following the death of Dorothy Backus in the 1960s (Standish Backus had died in 1943) the estate was sold, the house razed, and the gardens destroyed. Most of the images have been taken from published sources, although those sources often reproduce original documentation. There is also one image of a sketch by Thomas Warren Sears, perhaps an unrealized proposal for the Grosse Pointe Shores property or a design created for an earlier Backus residence
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Fletcher Steele (landscape architect, 1928-1941); Thomas Warren Sears (landscape architect, ca. 1930-1940); Ralph Adams Cram (architect, ca. 1930); Robert O. Derrick (architect, ca. 1930); Standish Backus (former owner, 1928-1943); and Dorothy Backus (former owner, 1928-ca. 1966)
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of publications about the garden, and additional information
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Sears Garden, ca.1910-1940s

Former owner and landscape architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Physical description:
1 folder+ 43 glass plate negatives and photographic prints
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Ardmore
Pennsylvania
Ardmore
Sears Garden (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1910
1910-1940
ca1910-1940s
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA088000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Thomas Warren Sears (b.1880-1966) was a landscape architect who said his own garden in Ardmore, Pennsylvania was his favorite, and the formal style of his garden became his trademark design for private residences. The garden center was a sunken rectangular lawn, surrounded by low stone walls, terraces and flagstone walkways that were planted with a mixture of shrubs, perennial flowers, and ground covers, and separated from the stone house by a screen of trees. A tall stone wall at the end of the garden had a fountain inset
Thomas Sears' formal garden was planted with more than fifty varieties of French lilacs, peonies and irises
Sears was among the first landscape architects with a formal education, receiving the BS degree from the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard University in 1906. During his professional career as a landscape architect Sears worked primarily in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania. He designed private gardens in the style of his own: sunken rectangular lawns with perennial and shrub borders that surmounted low walls and steps. Among his prominent commissions were Reynolda, home of tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the formal gardens Sears laid out in 1916 were later added to the campus of Wake Forest University; the amphitheater at Swarthmore College in 1942; Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland, placed on the Baltimore County Historic register in 1988; and the restoration of the Colonial Revival gardens at Pennsbury in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Sears was also known for his published photographs of gardens and natural settings in the US and other countries
Persons associated with the garden include Thomas Warren Sears (former owner and landscape architect, ca.1930?-1960s) and Ella D. Finney (former owner, ca. 1930s?-1960s?)
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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Reynolda Gardens, 1917-1919, circa 1920s, and 1998

Owner:
Wake Forest University
Landscape architect:
Sears, Thomas Warren 1880-1966
Buckenham & Miller
Horticulturalist:
Conrad, Robert
Architect:
Keen, Charles Barton
Former owner:
Reynolds, Katharine Smith 1880-1924
Reynolds, R. J (Richard Joshua) 1906-1964
Physical description:
3 folders+ 61 glass plate negatives, and 4 35mm slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, North Carolina, Forsyth, Winston-Salem
North Carolina
Winston-Salem
Reynolda Gardens (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Date:
1917
1998
1917-1919, circa 1920s, and 1998
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NC010000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Reynolda was the county house estate of the founder of Reynolds tobacco, Robert Joshua Reynolds and his wife, Katharine Smith Reynolds, comprising nearly 1,100 acres that included a 38,000 square foot house built for them by architect Charles Barton Keen. Reynolda was primarily conceived by Katharine Reynolds to include a family home with gardens, a village within the estate that housed the twenty families that worked on the self-contained estate, a 350-acre dairy, grain and vegetable farm, a 19-acre golf course with grazing sheep, and woodlands with thousands of daffodils. Before the house and formal gardens were built Lord and Burnham built commercial greenhouses and a large glass conservatory on the property in 1913 and Mrs. Reynolds decided to site a four-acre formal garden next to the greenhouses, near the public road, for the benefit of passersby. The first garden designers on the estate were Miller and Buckenham, and then Thomas Sears was brought in to design the viewable greenhouse garden, as well as gardens at the house and boathouse. The boathouse was sited beside the 16-acre artificial Lake Katharine created by Miller and Buckenham's stone-faced dam. The lake has since partially filled with silt and become a wetlands habitat
Thomas Sears' 1917 formal greenhouse garden was divided into two rectangles, an approximately two-acre formal rose and perennial garden, and next to it another two-acre garden for fruit, flowers and nicer vegetables. Grass panels that divided and surrounded the formal gardens were known as the sunken garden. The original rose garden was divided into four parterres, two planted with roses, one for blue and yellow flowers and the last for pink and white flowers. There were grass panels between the parterres with a double row of Japanese cedar trees on the horizontal axis. Rows of Japanese weeping cherry trees and southern magnolias were planted as a perimeter; later the trees shaded the rose garden to the extent that it had to be replanted when the garden was restored in 1997. Each axis of the two formal gardens ended in an attractive terminus, a feature of Sears' designs. These included pergolas and Japanese-styled teahouses for Katharine Reynolds, who wanted to include trees and features from Japanese gardens. Like the rose garden the design of the fruit and vegetable garden was geometric with a central feature. At the time of the restoration a large section of this garden was replanted with All-America selection roses, other flowers and herbs
In the 1930's daughter Mary Reynolds Babcock and her stockbroker husband Charles Babcock bought her siblings' shares in the house and rehired Thomas Sears to redesign gardens. Renovations to the house included moving the original central entrance to the side of the house, and new gardens were needed in front. A tulip and chrysanthemum garden was designed, with pink, white, blue and purple tulips and forget-me-nots complimenting the colors of the new flagstone terrace. The summer flowers were heliotrope, plumbago, salvia, nicotiana, snapdragons and annual phlox, although heliotrope did not flourish in hot weather. Red, yellow, bronze, copper and terra cotta chrysanthemums were planted in autumn. Sears suggested poinsettias, camellias, chrysanthemums, gardenias and begonia semperflorens for a winter garden, but they were not winter hardy and have been used for holiday decorations inside the house, now the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Sears also designed a study garden in 1916, which comprises a patio with a recessed pool, stone benches and extensive plantings of rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs, a canopy of flowering magnolias, dogwood and crape myrtles, and an under story of ground covers, lilies, hosta, ferns and daffodils
Persons associated with this property include R.J. (Robert Joshua) Reynolds (c. 1850-1918) and Katharine Smith Reynolds Johnston (1880-1924) (former owners, 1909-1924); Mary Reynolds Babcock and Charles Babcock (former owners, 1935-1953); Wake Forest College, later University (owner beginning in 1958); Louis L. Miller and Horatio R. Buckenham (landscape designers, 1911-1913); Thomas Warren Sears (1880-1965) (landscape architect 1915-1917, 1930s); Robert Conrad (horticulturalist, c. 1910-1960)
Summary:
The folder includes photocopies of articles, images, transcript of a lecture and thesis by Sherold D. Hollingsworth, brochures, and other information
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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