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The Hunnewell Estate at Wellesley: Country Life in America, November 1902

 
Accession number AR.EP.MG.0655
Creator
Places
Wellesley (Massachusetts [United States])
Massachusetts (United States)
United States
Date
1902
Work types
magazine

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

Country Life in America / November, 1902 / Vol III. No. 1 / Price, 25 cents $3 a year
Doubleday, Page & Co., Publishers / Harrisburg, PA. New York, N. Y.

[26] The Hunnewell Estate at Wellesley / A New England home famous for its Italian garden, conifers and rhododendrons—A good example of landscape gardening and an object lesson in horticulture. / By Bryant Fleming

One of the most interesting estates in America is that founded by the late H. H. Hunnewell, at Wellesley, Massachusetts, and now owned by his son, Walter Hunnewell. It lies on the shore of Lake Waban, opposite Wellesley College. It is chiefly famous for its Italian garden—a collection of curiously clipped trees on the terraced bluffs of the lake; but the estate as a whole is a fine specimen of the English or landscape style of gardening....

The open sward, and the front of the Hunnewell house [photo]

The open lawn, with its surrounding trees, as seen from the front of the house [photo]

[27] The Italian garden, sloping upward from Lake Waban [photo]

[28] Formal landscape gardening on the Hunnewell estate [photo]

EXHIBITION

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

The Hunnewell estate garden, designed in 1854, was one of the first American gardens considered to be somewhat Italianate. Its iconic hill of topiaries was inspired by the terraces and trimmed shrubs found in Italy. As the article mentions, however, the garden design also draws on French, English, and Dutch inspiration, exemplifying the flexibility with which American landscape architects borrowed and adapted what was considered Italian.

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Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.097
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.MG.0655
Creator
Places
Wellesley (Massachusetts [United States])
Massachusetts (United States)
United States
Date
1902
Work types
magazine

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