Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens film was "re-discovered" in early 2011 when ICFA staff learned that three (3) film reels in cold storage contained footage of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. 

Based on the film edge codes, clothing, and garden scenes, sections of the film can be dated to the mid-1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The combined footage illustrates Dumbarton Oaks when it was still a private residence, as well as when it became an institute of Harvard University in 1940. There are also tantalizing glimpses of the Dumbarton Oaks' founders, including Mildred Barnes Bliss and her friends at the Orangery and Robert Woods Bliss in the gardens.

For additional information about this film, please refer to the following blog posts:

This film is available in full length through Vimeo.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens Film: Winter and Summer Scenes, featuring Mildred and Robert Bliss

Running Time: 37:04 minutes

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