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Farrand, Beatrix, 1872-1959



  • Existence: 1872 - 1959

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Dumbarton Oak Garden, Ellipse

Sub-Series — Folder: 15Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Twenty four black and white photographs and 4 color photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Ellipse.The plans for the Ellipse were the result of close collaboration between Beatrix Farrand and Mildred Bliss. The basic outline of the design first occurred to Mildred Bliss as a child, and she consulted on the original design and all subsequent changes. The Ellipse began as a loose oval hedge of tall, rumpled boxwoods about fifteen to twenty feet high. The hedge followed the slope...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, 32nd Street Facade

Sub-Series — Folder: 2Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: 13 black and white photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks, 32nd Street facade, Washington, D.C. The 32nd Street walls and wood gates as well as the walls and iron gates of S Street were designed by Beatrix Farrand in the 1920s. Inscription tablets were placed on the wall along 32nd Street after the estate property was donated by Robert and Mildred Bliss to Harvard University in 1940.The 32nd Street facade is also known as 32nd Street border, 32nd Street drive, 32nd Street entrance,...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Arbor Terrace

Sub-Series — Folder: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: 23 black and white photographs and 3 color photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Arbor Terrace. One black and white photograph is of a print. First designed in the early 1920s as an herb garden by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, with a fountain, arbor, and balcony, it was later re-designed as a terrace by Ruth Havey, landscape architect. Ruth Havey kept the fountain, arbor, and balcony features of the Beatrix Farrand design. Over the years it has been referred to as Arbor Terrace,...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Beech Terrace

Sub-Series — Folder: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

13 black and white photographs and 1 color photograph of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Beech Terrace, Washington, D.C. Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, designed the space around a large Beech tree in the 1920s and added iron furniture in the 1930s.

The Beech Terrace is also known as Terrace A.

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Bowling Green

Sub-Series — Folder: 7Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: The Bowling Green was first designed by Beatrix Farrand with inspiration gained from 18th-century Colonial period estate gardens, many of which featured sunken ornamental lawns. It is located between the Copse and the Director’s House and Terrace on the Dumbarton Oaks property. The division between the Copse and the Bowling Green is signaled by a significant drop in elevation; a stone retaining wall borders the Bowling Green on the south. The wall, topped with stone piers and swags of bronze...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Cherry Hill and Catalogue House

Sub-Series — Folder: 9Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Five black and white photographs and five color photographs of the Cherry Hill informal garden area in the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Washington, D.C. This garden area is an example of one of the few plantings where Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, played with variations on a single type of bloom. On this remote hillside in the far northeastern corner of the property, she experimented with juxtaposing several varieties of cherry tree in one lush concentration. To add depth to the design,...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Crabapple Hill

Sub-Series — Folder: 11Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Three black and white photographs and two color photographs of Crabapple Hill, a garden area in the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Washington, D.C.Crabapple Hill is one of a number of plantings Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, planned to feature a variety of similar blooms en masse. This hillside, located north of the swimming pool, is covered with crabapples and edged with low shrubs. The trees are planted in approximately four rows, in a triangular shape stretching down the slope....

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Director's House and Terrace

Sub-Series — Folder: 12Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Seven black and white photographs of exterior and interior views of the Director's House and Terrace. Before 1941, the building that anchored the southern side of the Service Court was the Garage. The second-floor residential rooms housed some of the Blisses’ male staff.After the Robert and Mildred Bliss gifted Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University, architect Thomas T. Waterman converted the upstairs living areas into a single residence for John Thacher and his family. The...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Dumbarton Oaks Park

Sub-Series — Folder: 13Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Thirty-seven black and white photographs, 2 color photographs, and a collection of photographs with drawings and notes of the Dumbarton Oaks Park which refers to the 27-acre parcel of land that Robert and Mildred Bliss donated to the National Park Service in 1940. The acreage is now considered a part of Rock Creek Park.When it was part of the Bliss estate, the park belonged to Beatrix Farrand’s garden design. It served as a rustic counterpoint to the complex and formal garden...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, East Lawn

Sub-Series — Folder: 14Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Twenty black and white photographs and 5 color photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, East Lawn is an unbroken expanse of grass stretching from the entrance of the house southeast to the R Street wall.In her Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks, Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener called the East Lawn “one of the loveliest of the features of Dumbarton Oaks in its freedom from detail” (p. 20). To frame the open lawn, Farrand planned perimeter plantings chosen for their size and...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Fellows' Quarters and Yard

Sub-Series — Folder: 16Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks property taken between 1920 when Mildred and Robert Bliss bought the estate property and 1979 including and beyond when it was donated to Harvard University in 1940. The early photographs from approximately 1920-1949 are in black and white. Later photographs from approximately 1950-1979 are in color.Those that photographed the Dumbarton Oaks Garden included Stewart Bros. Photographer (Washington, D.C.); Ursula Pariser, Dumbarton Oaks staff...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Lilac Circle

Sub-Series — Folder: 8Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: One black and white photograph of the Lilac Circle. The garden area was designed by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener in the 1930s. The garden area sits at the furthest northeast corner of the gardens, between the Kitchen Gardens and the Trompe L’Oeil. It was redesigned and replanted several times over the years.The first plan called for lilacs to be planted in the circular bed, but the plants quickly failed due to the overwhelming shade in that corner of the garden. When the...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, R Street Facade

Sub-Series — Folder: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: 34 black and white photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks, R Street facade, Washington, D.C. The brick walls, walkways, and initial wood entrance gates were designed by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener in the 1920s and early 1930s. In the 1950s, Ruth Havey replaced the wood gates with iron gates with gold gilding. The R Street facade has also been referred to by some of the architectural elements: Entrance gates, Gatehouse, Inner edges of East Lawn, Porter's lodge, R Street border, and R...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Superintendent's Cottage

Sub-Series — Folder: 10Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Seven black and white photographs of The Superintendent’s Cottage, sometimes called the Gardener’s Cottage at Dumbarton Oaks. It fronts S Street, Washington, D.C. located just west of the Service Court gates.In 1923, Mildred Bliss suggested to her architects that they build a duplex to house the butler and the head gardener, William Gray and his family. Following her suggestion, they planned the small gabled house to be a part of the Service Court Quadrangle. However, when the...