Scope and Contents
Architectural drawings, surveys, and sketches for the Dumbarton Oaks Garden. The bulk of the drawings were created by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, or the landscape architects who worked for her. One of her landscape architects was Ruth Havey, who carried on the work of the garden with Mildred Bliss once Beatrix Farrand retired. Other landscape architects included Alden Hopkins, Robert Patterson, and Ralph Griswold. There were numerous other contractors and artisans who contributed to the development of the gardens. On artisan was Allyn Cox who created painted murals on canvas under the loggia near the swimming pool. The painted murals of Cox's designs were later replaced using mosaic tiles.
The drawings include original drawings on tracing paper, paper, or graph tracing paper. Reproductions include blueprints, diazotypes, and stats.
- Farrand, Beatrix, 1872-1959 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials chiefly in English with a few items in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, or Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: http://www.doaks.org/research/library-archives/access-and-hours/schedule-an-appointment For research queries, contact the staff of Rare Book Collection (RareBooksLib@doaks.org).
Extent8 linear feet (23 boxes of textual material with approximately 2631 items; 2411 drawings; and 1235 photographs)
- Architectural drawings -- 1920-1970
- Bliss, Mildred Barnes, 1879-1969
- Havey, Ruth M., 1899-1980 (Creator)
- Hopkins, Alden, 1905-1960 (Creator)
- Landscape architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans
- Landscape architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Patterson, Robert W., 1905-1988 (Creator)
Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository
Dumbarton Oaks holds archival collections in its Rare Book Collection, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives. The collections include: the papers of noteworthy scholars in the three fields that Dumbarton Oaks supports (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape); image collections depicting objects or sites of topical interest to scholars in the three fields; Beatrix Farrand’s personal archive of letters and original drawings that document the development of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden; and institutional records and architectural plans and drawings documenting the history of Dumbarton Oaks. For more information about hours and to make an appointment to consult any of the collections listed here, please fill out the request form: https://www.doaks.org/research/library-archives/schedule-an-appointment
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