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The Fountain Terrace, originally known as Terrace D, was initially planted in the scheme of an English Arts and Crafts garden, which are generally characterized by a lack of commonality in their shape and size and with a diverse range of color plantings. By 1927, in response to her client’s changing tastes, Beatrix Farrand redesigned Terrace D to accommodate two elliptical pools with symmetrical fountains (installed in 1931). The redesign left a broad open space between the two fountains, which is covered in a wash of green grass creating a tapis vert (green tapestry). Bounded by the fountains, and perhaps retaining some of the colorful origins of the Arts and Crafts garden, the green expanse is colored by bright orange, yellow, pink, and white plantings in the perimeter beds, creating a galaxy of vibrant color scattered around the periphery of the Fountain Terrace.

early black and white photograph of the terrace.
Fountain Terrace from above, photographer unknown, 1924

Black and white photograph of Fountain Terrace in 1964.
Fountain Terrace with tulips, photographer unknown, 1964

 

Image: Alexandre Tokovinine, 2009

 

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