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SUB-SERIES — Folder: 2 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, 32nd Street Facade

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, 32nd Street wall, 32nd Street, Old service entrance and driveway, Service drive, and Service entrance.


  • 1921-1979

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: For research queries, contact the staff of Rare Book Collection (


8 linear feet (23 boxes of textual material with approximately 2631 items; 2411 drawings; and 1235 photographs)

Repository Details

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:

1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington DC 20007 USA