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An American Millionaire's Hobby: The House Beautiful, March 1913

 
Accession number AR.EP.MG.0657
Creator
Places
Pocantico Hills (New York [United States])
New York (United States)
United States
Date
1913
Work types
magazine

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The House Beautiful / March / 25 cents
Annual Garden Number
Published monthly by The House Beautiful, Incorporated / 315 Fourth Avenue, New York

[xvii] Cover: Garden Walk, Bayard Thayer Estate, Lancaster, Mass.
Photograph by George Oakes Stoddard

[97] Vol XXXIII No. four

[110] An American Millionaire's Hobby
By Robert H. Moulton

There is a popular notion that John D. Rockefeller's hobby is golf. And it is perhaps true that there is no warmer admirer or more ardent supporter of the ancient Scottish game in this country than the oil magnate. But those who have had the good fortune to see the beauties of Pocatinco Hills, the great Rockefeller estate near Tarrytown, New York, with Mr. Rockefeller himself as a guide, will tell you that his greatest enthusiasm now seems to be centered in the wonderful gardens which he has caused to be created there....

[112] The sunken garden showing the marble canal leading from the tea house to the monolith fountain. Also the Exedra fountain with its surrounding shrubbery [photos]

[112-113] The orange tree terrace, commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. In winter the trees are kept in an orangery. Following is a more extensive picture of the Exedra fountain with its beautiful setting of pottery and shrubs. At the right is the enclosed pergola, which is a decidedly unique feature in American landscape gardening. In the upper central picture is shown the entrance gates to the estate with their fine wrought iron doors and stone pillars [photos]

[113] The pergola and the rose garden, with the stone staircase in the rear. Also a view of the latticed arbor at the crown of a flight of stone steps [photos]

EXHIBITION

Transplanting the Renaissance: Italian Villa Gardens in America, 1900-1940
May-August 2018

The first few decades of the 20th century saw a boom in garden and home magazines featuring Italianate gardens. Model garden templates, articles highlighting private estates, and advertisements for landscape designers became widely available across the country. These three magazines (also here and here), dating from 1911 to 1930, all sport lavish color illustrations of Italian-inspired gardens on their covers, demonstrating the breadth and importance of this style to American home-makers. A decrease in price for the 1930 publication—at the start of the Great Depression—allowed it to remain affordable amidst the economic downturn.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.097
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.MG.0657
Creator
Places
Pocantico Hills (New York [United States])
New York (United States)
United States
Date
1913
Work types
magazine

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