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Canandaigua -- Sonnenberg Gardens

Former owner:
Thompson, Frederick Ferris, 1836-1899  Search this
Thompson, Mary Lee Clark, 1835-1923  Search this
Clark, Emory  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Rotunno, Noreda A.  Search this
Handrahan, John  Search this
Landscape designer:
Wadamori, K.  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
United States of America -- New York -- Ontario County -- Canandaigua
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets, site plans, copies of brochures and articles about the gardens, correspondence, and additional information.
General:
Sonnenberg was the summer home of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson, who purchased the property in 1863. A 40-room Queen Anne style mansion was built between 1885 and 1887, while the gardens as they exist today were developed between 1903 and 1920. Initially, Boston landscape architect Ernest Bowditch and subsequently his assistant John Handrahan (who worked independently for Mrs. Thompson after about 1903) were responsible for their creation along with other individuals including K. Wadamori (the Japanese garden) and Francis Allen (the Roman bath). Besides the Japanese garden and Roman bath, garden areas include a formal Italian garden, a blue and white garden, a rose garden, an old-fashioned garden, and a rock garden. Specimen trees punctuate the flowing lawns, while a Lord & Burnham conservatory and greenhouse complex is a highlight of the property. Following Mary Thompson's death in 1923 the property passed to her nephew, Emory Clark, who in turn sold it to the United States Government in 1931. In 1973 the non-profit "Sonnenberg Gardens" organization acquired the core 52 acres of the property, including the gardens and mansion, which were opened to the public. Various restoration efforts ensued, including those of landscape architect Noreda A. Rotunno, and in 2005 the estate became the fifth state historic park in New York State.
Persons associated with the property include Mary Lee Clark Thompson (former owner, 1863-1923); Frederick Ferris Thompson (former owner, 1863-1899); Emory Clark (former owner, 1923-1931); Ernest W. Bowditch (landscape architect, ca. 1900-1907); John Handrahan (landscape architect, ca. 1900-1921); K. Wadamori (landscape designer, 1906-1908); Francis Allen (architect, 1914); and Noreda A. Rotunno (landscape architect, 1972-1977).
Related Materials:
Sonnenberg Gardens related holdings consist of 2 folders (72 35 mm. slides (photographs); 15 photographic prints)
See others in:
J. Horace McFarland Collection, 1900-1961.
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY167
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref26740

Canandaigua -- Sonnenberg Gardens

Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Former owner:
Clark, Emory  Search this
Thompson, Frederick Ferris, 1836-1899  Search this
Thompson, Mary Lee Clark, 1835-1923  Search this
Creator:
Wadamori, K. (landscape designer)  Search this
Landscape architect:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Rotunno, Noreda A.  Search this
Collection Creator:
McFarland, J. Horace (John Horace), 1859-1948  Search this
American Rose Society  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
United States of America -- New York -- Ontario County -- Canandaigua
Date:
1870-1961
Scope and Contents note:
The folders include worksheets, site plans, copies of brochures and articles about the gardens, correspondence, and additional information.
General note:
Sonnenberg was the summer home of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson, who purchased the property in 1863. A 40-room Queen Anne style mansion was built between 1885 and 1887, while the gardens as they exist today were developed between 1903 and 1920. Initially, Boston landscape architect Ernest Bowditch and subsequently his assistant John Handrahan (who worked independently for Mrs. Thompson after about 1903) were responsible for their creation along with other individuals including K. Wadamori (the Japanese garden) and Francis Allen (the Roman bath). Besides the Japanese garden and Roman bath, garden areas include a formal Italian garden, a blue and white garden, a rose garden, an old-fashioned garden, and a rock garden. Specimen trees punctuate the flowing lawns, while a Lord & Burnham conservatory and greenhouse complex is a highlight of the property. Following Mary Thompson's death in 1923 the property passed to her nephew, Emory Clark, who in turn sold it to the United States Government in 1931. In 1973 the non-profit "Sonnenberg Gardens" organization acquired the core 52 acres of the property, including the gardens and mansion, which were opened to the public. Various restoration efforts ensued, including those of landscape architect Noreda A. Rotunno, and in 2005 the estate became the fifth state historic park in New York State.
Persons associated with the property include Mary Lee Clark Thompson (former owner, 1863-1923); Frederick Ferris Thompson (former owner, 1863-1899); Emory Clark (former owner, 1923-1931); Ernest W. Bowditch (landscape architect, ca. 1900-1907); John Handrahan (landscape architect, ca. 1900-1921); K. Wadamori (landscape designer, 1906-1908); Francis Allen (architect, 1914); and Noreda A. Rotunno (landscape architect, 1972-1977).
Related Archival Materials note:
Sonnenberg Gardens related holdings consist of 2 folders (72 35 mm. slides (photographs); 15 photographic prints)
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
For information or study purposes only. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Company Collection.
Identifier:
AAG.MCF, File NY167
See more items in:
J. Horace McFarland Company collection
J. Horace McFarland Company collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States / New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-mcf-ref10225

(Mercury Roundel), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
White marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Breakfast Bower, east wall of mansion Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Mercury  Search this
Figure male--Head  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Helmet  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000828
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337828

(Relief of Man with Lyre), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Roundel: white marble; Facade: stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Breakfast Bower, in south wall Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Figure male--Nude  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Lyre  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000829
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337829

(Fountain Frieze), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Frieze: white marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Breakfast Bower, in fountain wall Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Figure--Nude  Search this
Religion--Angel  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000830
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337830

(Fountain Pool Sculpture), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: white marble; Base: white marble and painted concrete; Pool: painted concrete, white marble, and red medina stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Breakfast Bower Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Centaur  Search this
Figure male--Head  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000831
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337831

(Griffin Roundel), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Relief: white marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Rock Garden House, wall Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Griffin  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000836
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337836

(Bird and Foliage Roundel), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Roundel: white marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Rock Garden House, over doorway Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Animal--Bird  Search this
Object--Foliage  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000837
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337837

(Griffin and Foliage Roundel), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Roundel: white marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Rock Garden House, over doorway Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Griffin  Search this
Object--Foliage  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000838
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337838

(Pan Holding Lute and Ax), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Landscape architect:
Bowditch, Ernest W.  Search this
Assistant:
Handrahan, John  Search this
Architect:
Allen, Francis  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble or limestone; Base: red granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion 151 Charlotte Street Rock Garden Canandaigua New York 14424
Date:
Dedicated 1887
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Pan  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Lute  Search this
Object--Tool--Axe  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000839
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337839

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