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R Street Wall

R Street Wall

Living and brick barriers were established to achieve a vision, as Beatrix Farrand noted in a report submitted to the Dumbarton Oaks Administrative Board on November 24, 1941, of “a pleasant sense of withdrawal from the nearby streets, together with the feeling of an intimate connection with all that a great city can offer.” Although Farrand initially suggested retaining the low stone wall topped by a modified picket that could be extended along R Street in a letter to Mildred Bliss dated June 24–25, 1922, she began working in 1923 on the uniform brick wall surmounted by trelliswork that remains today.

R Street Wall
Wall along R Street. Garden Archives, LA-GP-1-23

 

Image: Beatrix Farrand, R Street Wall, The Oaks, Washington D.C., April 1923. Garden Archives, LA-GD-C-3-02A

 

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