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Fountain Terrace

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Fountain terrace, November 2010 (detail)Fountain terrace, terrace and steps, west side, 1929–1932 (detail)

Beatrix Farrand designed the Fountain Terrace as a traditional flower garden in a blend of English Cottage and Arts and Crafts style. Located on the east-facing hillside below the Rose Garden, the Fountain Terrace was approached and viewed first from above. Farrand’s plan took advantage of the Rose Garden entrance. On the staircase leading into the terrace, she planned landings that overlooked the geometric planting beds below. Later she added intricate iron balconies and a lead-canopied bench to invite visitors to pause on the steps before entering.

Read more about the history of the Fountain Terrace and view drawings and historic photographs in the Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives.


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