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Coles, G. Frederick (George Frederick), 1875-

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Biography

G. [George] Frederick Coles was born in 1875 in England and became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He married Rosa E. Adams in 1900 and had a son, Mark F. and a daughter, Beatrice H. He was a decorative stone sculptor at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., a private estate owned by Robert and Mildred Bliss and later donated to Harvard University. He died after 1940 as he is listed on the 1940 U.S. Census.

Found in 40 Collections and/or Records:

Estimates from William Hughes, Inc., 2800 Eighth Street N.E., Washington 17, D.C. to Ruth Havey, Dumbarton Oaks, 32nd and R Sts. N.W. and at 25 5th Ave, N.Y, , February 25, 1956 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:Hughes 1956.02.25
Scope and Contents: Typewritten notes attached to estimates for construction and installation of the stone balustrade by William Hughes, Incorporated and the wrought iron railing by Fred S. Gichner Iron Works, Inc.Includes undated note by Ruth Havey estimating Frederick Coles' work on the Music Room bench, and references drawings GD B-2-16A and GD B-2-16B.Dated estimates sent by William Hughes on behalf of William Hughes Incorporated and by A.G. Stern on behalf of Fred S. Gichner Iron...

Expense report from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Harvard University Research Library (Dumbarton Oaks), January 1, 1942 to June 30, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 2, item: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C2:1942.01.01
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Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), January 1, 1942 to June 30, 1942 outlining itemized expenses for professional services, assistant time, traveling, office expenditures, and garden plants, seeds, and books. Also includes a receipt for Beatrix Farrand for entrance into Dartington Hall, Totnes, England.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., February 18, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 19Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.02.18
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher requests updates on ongoing garden projects such as removing Herb Garden beds, completing furniture for the Museum Courtyard, and inscribing the Forsythia gate. Enclosed was a carbon copy of the letter to Paul J. Sachs informing the Administrative Board of Dumbarton Oaks about the same ongoing projects. "Mr. Thacher" typed at the top of the first page of the carbon copy.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to Paul J. Sachs, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., February 18, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.02.18B
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to Paul Sachs discusses Farrand's continued employment at Dumbarton Oaks after the gift to Harvard, including a numbered list of unfinished garden projects requested by Mildred Bliss. Handwritten notation in pencil on first page, "Jack. So as not to cross lines with you, please draft an answer for me. p." Implies Paul J. Sach's copy of Beatrix Farrand's letter was forwarded to John Thacher and he asks Thacher to draft a...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to G. Frederick Coles, 2026 Pierce Mill Road, Washington, D.C., May 22, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 42Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.05.22
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to George Frederick Coles discusses the decorative stonework and inscriptions being prepared for Dumbarton Oaks, specifically regarding the museum tablet, the service gate finials, the tablets on the R Street wall, and the bench legs in the loggia. Beatrix Farrand wished to approve this work on her next trip to Dumbarton Oaks, and she encourages him to have these garden elements prepared. She suggests the use of polychrome painting or staining...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., November 3, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 76Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.11.03
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses her upcoming November 21-25, 1941 trip to Dumbarton Oaks. She reviews her planned schedule, such as who she will meet with, what they will discuss, and when these meetings will take place. She may go to Alexandria, Virginia to see some land belonging to Dorothy Straight Elmhirst's son, Michael Whitney Straight. Beatrix Farrand encloses copies of two letters she wrote to Newton B. Drury and to Irving...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., May 28, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 51Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.05.28
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Typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him she is sending the agenda for the upcoming meeting with Robert and Mildred Bliss. Copies of the letter are also being sent to G. Frederick Coles, James Bryce, and Anne Sweeney. She is looking forward to the visit.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., September 16, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 81Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.09.16
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him Ruth Havey is at Reef Point and she and Farrand are working on the final drawings for the museum tablet and expect to finish the historic tablet before long. They expect to send the drawings to G. Frederick Coles, so he can begin work on it.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., September 21, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 83Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.09.21
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him she and Ruth Havey have finished the outline for the historic and museum tablets inscriptions. Havey will send to G. Frederick Coles after putting the finishing touches on them. She asks Thacher to think about the position of the historic tablet on the wall either in the center or just west of the entrance gate. She is going to send Thacher an agenda for the upcoming meeting and feels it would be wise...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, August 1, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 36Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1938.08.01
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Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to "my very dearest" [Mildred Bliss]. Farrand responds to Mildred's letter of July 23, 1938. She comments on Robert Millikan's illness and the need for Trustees to take on added responsibility at the Huntington Library and Museum. Farrand thinks that the price Helen Reid is charging for Nerines is too much and she will write her. Farrand comments on Casa Dorinda landscaping issues and garden projects and tree work at Dumbarton Oaks.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, May 25, 1939

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 60Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1939.05.25
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Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss tells her G. Frederick Coles has encountered a snag with the constuction and hinges of the Forsythia gate. She is passing this on to Ruth Havey to solve. Coles has sent Havey a plan of the Forsythia seat, so she can rough out a plan for the paving, placing of the seats, and inscription.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, 3203 S. Street, Washington, D.C., June 18, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 30Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1938.06.18
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss with responses to the following garden projects: Orion and Bootes chairs for the Star Garden, seat for the Lilac Circle, unicorn lady for Dumbarton Oak Park area, Forsythia arch in the Forsythia Dell, designing at Dumbarton Oaks, lantern in the Star Garden, the swinging seat in the Terrior Column and Enclosure, ironwork colors, William Gray's memorial, and the Music Room wall. She also responds to points on the the Memorandum...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., January 30, 1940

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 71Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1940.01.30
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to "Dearest One" [Mildred Bliss] answers the Dumbarton Oaks planting questions of a Willow tree on the Northwest side of the Box Walk; smallish oak trees on the West side of the East entrance drive; replacements in the Yew hedge ordered; more masonry on the North Vista; and the replacement plants in the Ellipse ordered. She mentions Claude Kennerly and the tree cutting agreement by the California State Relief Agreement for trees at Casa Dorinda....

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, 3103 R. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., May 2, 1939

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 58Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1939.05.02
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to "Fellow Gardener" [Mildred Bliss] tells her she looks forward to seeing her at Dumbarton Oaks when Mildred can get away from New York meetings, openings, and duties. Farrand is writing G. Frederick Coles about the Terrior seat roof, the cutting of the stone on the Music Room Terrace wall, the cutting of the stone on the William Gray memorial, the cutting of the Forsythia seats and to ask whether she or Coles is installing the Forsythia arch....

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to John S. Thacher, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., April 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 37Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.04.10
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher comments on the ups and downs at Casa Dorinda; dates she will visit Dumbarton Oaks; Francis Baker's fall from a tree and if there is anything she can do; Mildred Bliss wanting a fund for the use of Dumbarton Oaks Park; and Thacher's potential contribution to the "planting fund."

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 19Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.03.10B
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him of her plans to visit Dumbarton Oaks, during which time her assistant Ruth Havey will meet her so that together they may review the levels and possible designs for the North Vista and walls along the Herbaceous Border. Beatrix Farrand tells him that she is writing Irving Root to arrange a meeting with him or Mr. Kline, landscape architect of the Capital Parks, to address questions about the Clifton...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., March 16, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 21Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.03.16
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher asks that he identify any definite questions he may have for "our poor neighbor" (Mildred Bliss) since Beatrix Farrand may have limited opportunity prior to her departure in two weeks to meet with Mildred Bliss due to her slow recovery from a severe flu. Beatrix Farrand is aware that Mildred Bliss wrote to John Thacher regarding the wine cellar questions, rare book questions, and the bronze boxes in the safe....

Letter from G. Fred Coles, Washington, D.C. to Honorable Robert Woods Bliss, Dewey Riddle Ranch, Sunshine Valley, Cody, Wyoming, August 12, 1938 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 2, item: 2Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E2:Coles 1938.08.12
Scope and Contents: Handwritten letter from G. Frederick Coles to Robert Woods Bliss enclosing photographs of the scale model as per Mr. [John W.] Davis' instructions. He fears the photographs are not very successful due to the lack of equipment for interior photography. The colors on the model do not record in black and white very well. Mr. Waterman is to have a photographer at Dumbarton Oaks very soon and perhaps can send you some satisfactory ones. He reports experiencing the first and welcome relief from...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California, March, 4, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 24Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.03.04
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand discusses ongoing garden projects and suggests planting simplifications, especially in the vegetable gardens, greenhouses, and orangery. He refers to the Fountain Terrace as "the flower garden" on page 1. He mentions an upcoming lecture by Professor Doro Levi and the gardens opening for the Home for Incurables, but feels there will be plenty of time to meeting with Mildred Bliss and discuss Harvard [University's] problems between...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California, March 21, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 32Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.03.21
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand answers her garden-related questions of March 8th (D:BF 1941.03.08) and responds to her letter of March 18th (D:BF 1941.03.18) regarding her impending trip to Dumbarton Oaks. John Thacher emphasizes his need to discuss matters in person with the Blisses and suggests he goes West to visit with them if their plans to travel East are not soon realized. He comments on Professor Focillon's health. He reports that Robert Woods Bliss...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, November 6, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 79Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.11.06
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand confirms the dates and times he can meet to discuss the Dumbarton Oaks Park. Newton Drury and Irving Root can meet with Beatrix Farrand on November 24 in the afternoon. He feels G. Frederick Coles is dawdling on work for the Green Garden. He has other questions which he will postpone for discussion when they meet. He is encouraged about the news of Max Farrand's health improving. Letter was sent with enclosed letters to Newton...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 23, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 43Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.05.23
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand discusses her next visit to Dumbarton Oaks and answers Beatrix Farrand's questions put forth in her May 20 letter to him (D:BF 1941.05.20B), including where Dumbarton Oaks lies in relation to the original land deed, whether Anne Sweeney could be kept on as garden guide with the new, reduced budget, and which days they could meet while Beatrix Farrand is in town. Ethel Burnet Clark tells Thacher that the deed to Ninian Beall's...

Letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, June 15, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 56Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1942.06.15
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand tells her Ruth Havey's visit was successful and she later sent dummies for the 32nd Street tablet and historic tablet on R Street. They were returned to her with suggestions. He reports the trefoil gate drawing is improved, but still needs work. An answer about flowers for the National Gallery [of Art] is still pending. David Finley will go over the question with Bryce this coming week. Finley needs to get three competitive bids...

Letter from John Thacher to Ruth M. Havey, 25, Fifth Avenue, New York City, February 21, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 22Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.02.21
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Ruth Havey tells her that he looks forward to receiving the sketch for the stone bench in the loggia and for the lantern in the Service Court. He is going to give the inscriptions for the Forsythia gate to G. Frederick Coles and arrange painting of the gate. Coles is working on the finials at the service entrance. Beatrix Farrand will consult with Mildred Bliss about the inscription tablet. Farrand's desire is to eliminate the chronological...

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Max Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert, Maine, July 27-29, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 35Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.07.27
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter dated July 27, 1938 and July 29, 1938 with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand (Trix) tells her it is distressing news to hear about the illness and surgery of Robert Millikan. Mildred comments on Farrand's letter of July 12 and 14, 1938 on Helen Reid and prices for Nerines, and she lists questions and comments on Casa Dorinda. Mildred Bliss addresses Dumbarton Oaks building new wing and the landscape, seeking out consultation about trees from Van...