Interviews conducted by Charles B. Hosmer with 54 persons involved in American historic preservation (used in preparation for his book Preservation Comes of Age) and restoration in the United States. Among the topics discussed are the development of the National Park Service, Williamsburg, National Trust, and projects in California, Charleston, S.C., Illinois, Missouri, New Orleans, La., Newport, R. I., New York State, San Antonio, Tex., and Wisconsin. A 98 p. index to the transcripts is included.
Interviewees are: Horace M. Albright, Edward P. Alexander, Roy Appleman, Joseph Booton, Paul V. Brown, John Albury Bryan, Helen D. Bullock, Orin M. Bullock, E. Milby Burton, Janet R. Cooley, William King Covell, Elbert Cox, Antoinette Downing, Newton B. Drury, Emily Edwards, Herbert Evison, J. Everette Fauber, Finlay Ferguson, Mrs. Jules Fontaine, O'Neill Ford, Milton Grigg, Mary Harral, Ethel Wilson Harris, Louis C. Jones, Herbert E. Kahler, Harnett Kane, Richard Koch, Richard Lawwill, Ronald F. Lee, Ralph Lewis, Clifford Lord, Walter M. Macomber, Mrs. George Maurice Morris, James J. Morrison, Vernon Aubrey Neasham, George A. Palmer, Erling Pederson, Thomas Pitkin, Charles Porter, Philip T. Primm, Frederick L. Rath, Jerome V. Ray, Martha Robinson, Albert Simons, Clyde F. Trudell, Charles Van Ravenswaay, Mrs. George Henry Warren (Katherine Urquhart Warren), Malcolm Watkins, Elsa Watson, Mrs. Walter P. Webb, Melvin J. Weig, Mrs. George Wells, Robert N. S. Whitelaw, Samuel Wilson, and Arthur Woodward.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles B. Hosmer (1932- 1993) was an historian and writer in Principia College, Illinois.
Charles Hosmer papers also located at the University of Maryland, Special Collections. The collection may include original recordings for some of the interviewees, as well as many additional oral history interviews conducted by Hosmer for his book Preservation Comes of Age as well as interviews conducted for a separate historic preservation project funded by the Eastern National Park and Monument Association.
Donated 1975-1978 by Charles B. Hosmer.
Brown, Cooley, Ferguson, Lawwill, Lewis, Morrison and Palmer are: ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.
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The Friersons' Hidden Retreat (New Orleans, Louisiana)
United States of America -- Louisiana -- Orleans Parish -- New Orleans
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, historical photographs and photocopies of articles.
A city property measuring 90 by 120 feet with a Georgian style house built in the 1920's has formal garden rooms that fulfill the owners' principle requirements: privacy with a sense of enclosure, year-round color and fragrance, and visibility of the garden from every room in the house. An open side yard visible from the street was enclosed behind a brick wall draped in confederate jasmine with hedges on three sides that include camellia, azalea, cleyera, sweet osmanthus and boxwood, bulbs and annuals. The lawn of St. Augustine grass, called a tapis vert, terminates in a brick courtyard with a Palladian style fountain and four garden beds. A guest house was added to the property in the back corner, with its own patio and Japanese maple trees. Directly behind the main house there is a secret garden containing an antique fountain surrounded by four cherubs that represent the four seasons and shaded by mature camellias that have grown as tall as small trees. A kitchen garden for herbs has the necessary utilitarian features: garden sheds, a small greenhouse and a potting table.
Urns, window boxes, other containers and hanging baskets sited throughout the garden are planted with flowering shrubs and annuals for year-round color. An enormous antique urn that is a family heirloom was fitted into the Palladian fountain and planted with witch hazel. White and cool tones are favored, with some pink flowers for contrast. Old New Orleans soft red brick was used for the patios and walkways that connect the garden rooms, initially designed by landscape architect René J.L. Fransen. A formal knot garden with planted urns is situated in front of the house, visible to all.
Persons associated with the garden include: Esmond Phelps, Sr. (former owner, 1927); Robert Reisfields (former owner, 1971); Charles Armstrong and Richard Koch (architects, 1927); Douglas Freret (architect, 1971); Baby Hardie (garden designer, 1971); René J.L. Fransen (landscape architect, 1980); Barry Fox (architect, 1980); and Marianne Mumford (landscape architect, 2002).
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