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Lake Geneva -- House in the Woods

Former owner:
Bartlett, Adolphus Clay  Search this
Bartlett, Adolphus Clay, Mrs.  Search this
Spencer, William Marvin, Colonel, Mr.  Search this
Spencer, William Marvin, Colonel, Mrs.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Olmsted, John Charles, 1852-1920  Search this
Mariani Landscape  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Provenance:
Lake Geneva Garden Club  Search this
Arborist:
Bartlett Tree Experts  Search this
Creator:
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
House in the Woods (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)
United States of America -- Wisconsin -- Walworth -- Lake Geneva
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and articles about the house.
General:
Beauty without boundaries is the guiding principle for the more than 50 acre vacation estate. Since it was identified as one of the most beautiful country houses by Ladies Home Journal in 1912 and had gardens landscaped by John Charles Olmsted in 1905, the owners chose to restore rather than renovate when they purchased the property in 1971. The wooded shore of Lake Geneva with rockwork retaining walls transitions into an ornamentally landscaped estate. Drifts of hydrangea, hosta and buckeye at the gated entrance are succeeded by the original concrete driveway through woodland gardens with sugar maple, red oak, white oak, linden, boxwood, ground covers and perennial flowers that include daylilies, bleeding heart, phlox, and rugose roses. The formal drive circle at the house has a fountain in the center and a perimeter of flowering shrubs and variegated ivy topiaries. A grass terrace facing the lake features a rustic planted stone staircase. White roses and hydrangea are accented by a bell placed on an old tree stump. The children's garden has containers of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs with rustic wattle arches and furniture.
An enclosed courtyard for the swimming pool between the main house and guest house has clipped yew hedges, ground covers and perennials, trumpet, clematis and wisteria vines, and potted citrus trees. Near stands of mature trees planted more than 100 years ago there is a grotto, a mound of soil and stones topped by a statue with a stone bench nearby. One lawn is kept sculpted into a labyrinth. There is a mineral spring on the property, which is said to be restorative, that flows into a fieldstone basin surrounded by a planted rockwork wall. The other formal gardens include a rose garden planted in parterres and enclosed by espaliered apple trees and an organic potager with vegetable, herb and cutting flower beds laid out geometrically on either side of a wide path of stabilized degenerate granite with more espaliered fruit trees on the surrounding wire fence and covering a pergola.
Renovations were required for a disabled family member, including widened and level walkways with very gradual inclines, smooth stone patios and terraces with narrow joints, benches placed where there are good views of the lake, access to the house and swimming pool, and an elevator to the second floor inside the house. Trees in the woodland gardens were replaced as needed and tagged for future reference.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Clay Bartlett (former owners, 1905-1930); Colonel and Mrs. William Marvin Spencer (former owners, 1930-1971); John Charles Olmsted (landscape architect, 1905); Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect, 1905); Bartlett Tree Experts (arborists, 2011); Mariani Landscape (landscape architect, 1980- ).
The property was featured in "Ladies Home Journal" in 1909 when it was selected as one of the the twelve most beautiful homes in America.
Related Materials:
House in the Woods related holdings consist of 1 folder (3 35mm slides (photographs); and 21 digital images)
Records related to this site can be found at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Olmsted Job Number 03038, A. C. Bartlett.
See others in:
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection, circa 1900s-1970s, bulk 1920-1940s.

Eleanor Weller collection, circa 1978-2006.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Wisconsin -- Lake Geneva  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File WI027
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Wisconsin
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb65ecad488-b154-45ec-85d7-31c2ef917cc4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref11667

Lake Forest -- House of the Four Winds

Garden restoration:
Bergmann, Craig K.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Nichols, Rose Standish  Search this
Architect of house:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Former owner:
McBirney, Hugh J. Mrs  Search this
Coffey, Jack C.  Search this
Coffey, Jack C. Mrs.  Search this
Provenance:
Garden Guild of Winnetka  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
House of the Four Winds (Lake Forest, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Lake -- Lake Forest
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and an article.
General:
The garden at the House of the Four Winds was originally designed circa 1908 by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and planted the following year by landscape architect Rose Standish Nichols. At that time the property comprised 5.29 acres and was a summer home sited to catch breezes off Lake Michigan. The hardscape designed by Shaw included two long pools or rills on different levels on the longitudinal axis from the house to the exedra and small fountains at the rear of the property. Stone benches and low walls were included in the hard scape design as well as an arched stone and wrought iron gateway. Shaw was said to be inspired by the Generalife Gardens at the Alhambra in Spain, and included water jets in the rills for spray. Rose Standish Nichols designed the formal garden borders in the upper and lower pool gardens as well as another formal side garden to the east. The property was subdivided in 1955, and House of the Four Winds currently comprises almost two acres.
The garden nearly was lost for 50 years until bits of the original hardscape were noticed, which led to the excavation of the two long pools and a complete renovation of blue stone walkways. Trees that had grown over and shaded the formal flower beds were removed. Hornbeam, yew and boxwood hedges and grass walkways outline the redesigned perennial flower beds, limited in color to purples, blues, pinks and whites at the owners' request. A tall boxwood hedge in the upper pool garden is clipped into an undulating shape, while other boxwood are clipped into conical or spherical shapes. There are planted containers at the exedra and near the house, original statues and fountains as well as original stone benches.
This garden was featured in the Garden Conservancy's Open Days directory in 2009.
Persons associated with the garden include Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Johnston McBirney (former owners, 1909-1954); Isabel M. Stimson (former owner, 1954-1955); Mr. and Mrs. Harry N. Bryant (former owners, 1955); Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Coffey (former owners, 1955-1959); Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wolcott Henry, Jr. (former owners, 1959-1972); Nancy Cummings Henry (former owner, 1972-1974); Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect of house and garden hard scape, 1908); Rose Standish Nichols (landscape architect, 1909-1911); Craig Bergmann (garden restoration, circa 2000 - 2002)
Related Materials:
House of the Four Winds related holdings consist of 1 folder (7 digital prints, 21 digital images + 3 lantern slides)
Additional materials also located in the Lake Forest Public Library, Lake Forest, Illinois.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Lake Forest  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File IL009
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6f2f6a4c2-a396-46db-b88c-17ad052d5e5d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6789

Lake Forest -- Haven Wood

Former owner:
Ryerson, Edward L. Mr. Mrs.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Nichols, Rose Standish  Search this
Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Provenance:
Lake Forest Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Haven Wood (Lake Forest, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Lake County -- Lake Forest
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of published information about the site, and additional information about the house and garden.
General:
Dating to 1912 and originally the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson, Haven Wood was a large country estate with several garden areas. Howard Van Doren Shaw was its architect, while Rose Standish Nichols was its landscape architect, with additional design work by Jens Jensen. The design featured long grassy vistas terminating with sculpture and pergolas. Herbaceous plants were used throughout. A large flower garden of rectangular beds was defined by hedge borders and featured a pool and fountain. There was also a terrace with a balustrade. The house is no longer extant.
Persons associated with the garden include Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson (former owners, 1912-1930s); Rose Standish Nichols (landscape architect (ca. 1912); Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect, ca. 1912); and Jens Jensen (landscape architect, ca. 1912).
Related Materials:
Haven Wood related holdings consist of 1 folder (5 35 mm. slides (photographs); 3 lantern slides)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Lake Forest  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File IL022
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6f6b45168-055a-4c86-9650-f94a16707a12
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6800

Lake Forest -- Greensward of Market Square, The

Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Landscape architect:
Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects  Search this
Provenance:
Lake Forest Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Greensward of Market Square, The (Lake Forest, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Lake County -- Lake Forest
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles about the project, and other information.
General:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Market Square was the first planned shopping center in the United States. Completed in 1916, the square and its surroundings were showing their age by the late 1990s, when a collaborative restoration project of the "green" in the center of the square was undertaken by the Lake Forest Garden Club, the city, and concerned citizens. The club had played an active role in Market Square landscaping improvements over the years; the current project was given its initial impetus by the club, but was soon transformed into a separate Market Square 2000 project with wide public and city support. With design work by Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects of Delaware, the project was completed in 2000. Features include a flagpole and fountain, sculpture, and various elements of hardscaping, such as brick walkways. On the north and south sides of the square's lawn are fire maples with an underplanting of hydrangea, viburnum, boxwood, and groundcover. West of the flagpole is a rose garden surrounded by an arch of yews, while two European hornbeams are situated in the corners of the rose bed. A low hedge of Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) outlines the north and south perimeters of the park.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects (landscape architects, 1996-2000) and Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect, 1913-1917).
Related Materials:
The Greensward of Market Square related holdings consist of 2 folders (6 35 mm. slides (photographs))
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Lake Forest  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File IL120
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb695f59aed-29d3-44aa-a20a-d332c6511812
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6818

Lake Forest -- Covin Tree

Former owner:
Brewster, Walter, J.  Search this
Brewster, Katherine  Search this
Provenance:
Lake Forest Garden Club  Search this
Garden designer:
Brewster, Katherine  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Covin Tree (Lake Forest, Illinois)
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets articles and exceprts from a slide script.
General:
The house was built in 1907 by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw on flat meadow land. In 1907, there was only one tree planted on the entire property. The large pond was a feature. Terraces and lawns surrounded the house with walks leading to and through a series of gardens, notably three called the April, May and June Gardens. The gardens are designed to bloom in those months and be secluded the rest of the year. Plantings included peonies and other plants a suitable to local condititions.
Garden statuary included works by Carl Milles, M. Alfeo Faggi, Edith Barretto Parsons, and Sylvia Shaw Judson.
Katherine Lancaster Brewster was the editor of the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America. She wrote, "The Little Garden for Little Money," 1924 and her garden design style may have been influenced by William Robinson and Gertrude Jeykll.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: Mrs. Walter J. Brewster and Katherine Lancaster Brewster (former owners, 1920s-30s?), Hoard Doren Shaw (architect, 1907), Carl Milles, M. Alfeo Faggi (sculptor), Edith Barretto Parsons (sculptor), and Sylvia Shaw Judson (sculptor).
Related Materials:
Covin Tree related holdings consist of 1 folder (4 lantern slides)
Garden plan of the property is located at Lake Forest College.
See others in:
Garden Club of American collection, ca. 1920- [ongoing].
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Lake Forest  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File IL003
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6a8db4169-1333-4372-8be8-38e06d5f0417
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6851

Clow Garden

Creator:
Lake Forest Garden Club  Search this
Clow, William E., Mrs  Search this
Landscape architect:
Nichols, Rose Standish  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph (lantern slide, hand-colored, 3.25 x 4 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Lantern slides
Place:
Illinois -- Lake Forest
United States of America -- Illinois -- Lake County -- Lake Forest
Date:
ca. 1933
General:
The house was demolished. Persons associated with the garden include: Rose Standish Nichols (landscape designer).
Historic plate number: "20."
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Swimming pools  Search this
Perennials  Search this
Shrubs  Search this
Trees  Search this
Irises (Plants)  Search this
Yew  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Houses  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lantern slides
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item IL001001
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois / IL001: Lake Forest -- Clow Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6f5b9660a-1527-4e2a-bf1d-1b7df7a5f177
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6976

Untitled Garden

Creator:
Plain, Morse Dell  Search this
Landscape architect:
Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Indiana -- Hammond
United States of America -- Indiana -- Lake County -- Hammond
Date:
1930
General:
The property is a medium sized corner lot that is about two acres. Jens Jenson used native plants and perennials and designed a special cutting garden.
Further sources of information: Keaton, Leonard K. Landscape Artist in America; The Life and Work of Jens Jenson. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, [1964].
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Spring  Search this
Plan views  Search this
Aerial views  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item IN011001
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Indiana / IN011: Hammond -- Untitled Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb66d0bcc89-46dd-4926-a1d8-269c3ba297b6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref7279

Akron -- Elm Court

Former owner:
Marks, Arthur Hudson  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marchand, Richard  Search this
Extent:
1 Slides (photographs)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Postcards
Place:
United States of America -- Ohio -- Summit County -- Akron
Elm Court (Akron, Ohio)
Varying Form:
Also known as Our Lady of the Elms.
General:
11300. A. H. Mark's Mansion, Akron, Ohio. Postcard circa 1901-1945.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Ohio -- Akron  Search this
Mansions  Search this
Formal gardens  Search this
Flagpoles  Search this
Retaining walls  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Terraces  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Richard Marchand historical postcard collection.
Identifier:
AAG.MAR, File OH203
See more items in:
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides)
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides) / Ohio
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6294516bd-b167-4b19-8c48-9dff360aac35
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-mar-ref1688

Lake Geneva -- House in the Woods

Former owner:
Bartlett, Adolphus Clay  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marchand, Richard  Search this
Extent:
1 Slides (photographs)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Postcards
Place:
House in the Woods (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)
United States of America -- Wisconsin -- Walworth County -- Lake Geneva
General:
Postcard circa 1907-1915.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Wisconsin -- Lake Geneva  Search this
Mansions  Search this
Formal gardens  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Lakeshores  Search this
Flowering shrubs  Search this
Ivy  Search this
Loggias  Search this
Woodlands  Search this
Trees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Richard Marchand historical postcard collection.
Identifier:
AAG.MAR, File WI027
See more items in:
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides)
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides) / Wisconsin
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6a7be1fe0-db51-41b6-8190-f15a15740ee9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-mar-ref1812

Lake Geneva -- Villa Hortensia

Former owner:
Swift, Edward Foster  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Landscape architect:
Jenson, Jens  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marchand, Richard  Search this
Extent:
1 Slides (photographs)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Postcards
Place:
Villa Hortensia (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)
United States of America -- Wisconsin -- Walworth County -- Lake Geneva
Varying Form:
Also known as Edward Foster Swift House and Edgewood.
General:
Postcard circa 1907-1945.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Wisconsin -- Lake Geneva  Search this
Mansions  Search this
Formal gardens  Search this
Balustrades  Search this
Lakeshores  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Terraces  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Richard Marchand historical postcard collection.
Identifier:
AAG.MAR, File WI031
See more items in:
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides)
Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides) / Wisconsin
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb69188e3ed-43b4-42f1-9d39-84648c218f66
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-mar-ref1815

Lake Geneva -- House in the Woods

Former owner:
Bartlett, Adolphus Clay  Search this
Bartlett, Adolphus Clay, Mrs.  Search this
Spencer, William Marvin, Colonel, Mr.  Search this
Creator:
Spencer, William Marvin, Colonel, Mrs.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Olmsted, John Charles, 1852-1920  Search this
Mariani Landscape  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Provenance:
Lake Geneva Garden Club  Search this
Arborist:
Bartlett Tree Experts  Search this
Collection Compiler:
Weller, Eleanor  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
House in the Woods (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)
United States of America -- Wisconsin -- Walworth -- Lake Geneva
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and articles about the house.
General:
Beauty without boundaries is the guiding principle for the more than 50 acre vacation estate. Since it was identified as one of the most beautiful country houses by Ladies Home Journal in 1912 and had gardens landscaped by John Charles Olmsted in 1905, the owners chose to restore rather than renovate when they purchased the property in 1971. The wooded shore of Lake Geneva with rockwork retaining walls transitions into an ornamentally landscaped estate. Drifts of hydrangea, hosta and buckeye at the gated entrance are succeeded by the original concrete driveway through woodland gardens with sugar maple, red oak, white oak, linden, boxwood, ground covers and perennial flowers that include daylilies, bleeding heart, phlox, and rugose roses. The formal drive circle at the house has a fountain in the center and a perimeter of flowering shrubs and variegated ivy topiaries. A grass terrace facing the lake features a rustic planted stone staircase. White roses and hydrangea are accented by a bell placed on an old tree stump. The children's garden has containers of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs with rustic wattle arches and furniture.
An enclosed courtyard for the swimming pool between the main house and guest house has clipped yew hedges, ground covers and perennials, trumpet, clematis and wisteria vines, and potted citrus trees. Near stands of mature trees planted more than 100 years ago there is a grotto, a mound of soil and stones topped by a statue with a stone bench nearby. One lawn is kept sculpted into a labyrinth. There is a mineral spring on the property, which is said to be restorative, that flows into a fieldstone basin surrounded by a planted rockwork wall. The other formal gardens include a rose garden planted in parterres and enclosed by espaliered apple trees and an organic potager with vegetable, herb and cutting flower beds laid out geometrically on either side of a wide path of stabilized degenerate granite with more espaliered fruit trees on the surrounding wire fence and covering a pergola.
Renovations were required for a disabled family member, including widened and level walkways with very gradual inclines, smooth stone patios and terraces with narrow joints, benches placed where there are good views of the lake, access to the house and swimming pool, and an elevator to the second floor inside the house. Trees in the woodland gardens were replaced as needed and tagged for future reference.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Clay Bartlett (former owners, 1905-1930); Colonel and Mrs. William Marvin Spencer (former owners, 1930-1971); John Charles Olmsted (landscape architect, 1905); Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect, 1905); Bartlett Tree Experts (arborists, 2011); Mariani Landscape (landscape architect, 1980- ).
The property was featured in "Ladies Home Journal" in 1909 when it was selected as one of the the twelve most beautiful homes in America.
Related Materials:
House in the Woods related holdings consist of 1 folder (3 35mm slides (photographs); and 21 digital images)
Records related to this site can be found at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Olmsted Job Number 03038, A. C. Bartlett.
See others in:
Garden Club of America Collection, ca. 1920-[ongoing].

Richard Marchand historical postcard collection, circa 1900s-1970s, bulk 1920-1940s.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials 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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Wisconsin -- Lake Geneva  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Eleanor Weller Reade collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ECW, File WI027
See more items in:
Eleanor Weller collection
Eleanor Weller collection / Garden Images / United States / Wisconsin
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb63d0b0c98-7815-4aa8-b3a4-fe09b1215a40
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-ecw-ref49

Howard Van Doren Shaw

Artist:
Albin Polasek, 1879 - 1965  Search this
Sitter:
Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1869 - 7 May 1926  Search this
Medium:
Bronze on marble
Dimensions:
37cm x 19.5cm x 22cm (14 9/16" x 7 11/16" x 8 11/16"), Estimate
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
c. 1926
Topic:
Howard Van Doren Shaw: Male  Search this
Howard Van Doren Shaw: Visual Arts\Architect  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Chicago History Museum
Object number:
X.519
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4df22b16d-ff4e-4c81-a1ef-0c17acdae1dc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_X.519

Howard Van Doren Shaw

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1869 - 7 May 1926  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
29cm x 18cm x 22cm (11 7/16" x 7 1/16" x 8 11/16"), Estimate
Type:
Sculpture
Topic:
Howard Van Doren Shaw: Male  Search this
Howard Van Doren Shaw: Visual Arts\Architect  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: University of Michigan
Object number:
MI060188
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f618dada-cd14-4596-aceb-b7791b0cd3c9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_MI060188

Fountain of Time, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Taft, Lorado Zadoc 1860-1936  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926  Search this
Fabricator:
Joseph Early Studio  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: hollow-cast concrete reinforced with steel bars, Potomac River gravel; Base and reflecting pool: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Coadministered by Chicago Park District Preservation Planning Division 425 East McFetridge Drive Chicago Illinois 60605
Coadministered by Art Institute of Chicago 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago Illinois 60603-6110
Located Washington Park Facing the Midway Plaisance west of Cottage Grove Avenue Chicago Illinois
Date:
Commissioned 1913. Dedicated Nov. 15, 1922
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Equestrian  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
Allegory--Civic--War  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Military  Search this
Allegory--Time  Search this
Allegory--Life--Birth  Search this
Allegory--Life--Old Age  Search this
Allegory--Religion  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Poetry  Search this
Control number:
IAS IL000012
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_13939

Illinois Centennial Memorial Column, (sculpture)

Title:
Logan Square Monument, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Longman, Evelyn Beatrice 1874-1954  Search this
Architect:
Bacon, Henry 1866-1924  Search this
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926  Search this
Contractor:
Steven & Son Co.  Search this
Carver:
Piccirilli Brothers Marble Carving Studios  Search this
Subject:
Marquette, Jacques  Search this
La Salle, Robert Cavelier  Search this
Clark, William  Search this
Medium:
Column and reliefs: pink Tennessee marble; Base stairs: pink Milford granite
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Chicago Park District Preservation Planning Division 425 East McFetridge Drive Chicago Illinois 60605
Located Logan Square Intersection of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue at Kedzie Boulevard Chicago Illinois
Date:
Dedicated October 13, 1918
Topic:
Architecture--Detail--Column  Search this
Animal--Bird--Eagle  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Other--Explorer  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
History--United States--Illinois  Search this
Figure female  Search this
Allegory--Place--Illinois  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Transportation  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Agriculture  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Industry  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Art  Search this
Control number:
IAS IL000002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_13943

Theodore Thomas Memorial, (sculpture)

Title:
Spirit of Music, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Polasek, Albin 1879-1965  Search this
Architect:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926  Search this
Founder:
Roman Bronze Works  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite; Relief panel: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Chicago Park District Preservation Planning Division 425 East McFetridge Drive Chicago Illinois 60605
Located Grant Park Balbo at Michigan Chicago Illinois
Date:
1923. Dedicated April 24, 1924. Relocated 1941
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Music  Search this
Homage--Thomas, Theodore  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Orchestra  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75004349
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_8040

Two Chicago architects and their clients: Frank Lloyd Wright and Howard Van Doren Shaw [by] Leonard K. Eaton, with an appendix by Elizabeth M. Douvan

Author:
Eaton, Leonard K  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 259 p. illus., plans, ports. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[1969]
Call number:
NA736 .E15X
NA736.E15X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1390

Inventing the new American house : Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect / Stuart Cohen

Author:
Cohen, Stuart Earl 1942-  Search this
Author:
Shaw, Frances Wells 1872-1937 Concerning Howard Shaw in his house  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926  Search this
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Shaw, Howard Van Doren 1869-1926  Search this
Physical description:
248 pages : illustrations (some color), plans, portraits ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Catalogs
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Architects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046932

Frances Wells Shaw (1870-1937), (painting)

Painter:
Sterner, Albert Edward 1863-1946  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Howard Van Doren, Mrs. (Frances Wells)  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Ragsdale Foundation
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 81900154
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_220420

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