Category Archives: landscape architecture

Italian Gardens

The Italian Gardens was designed by James Pennethorne in 1860.  Prince Albert and Queen Victoria holidayed at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight (royalparks.org.uk), and being a “keen gardener” the Prince created an “Italian garden with large raised … Continue reading

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The Serpentine

The Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park is a 40-acre lake created in 1730 on the order of Queen Caroline.  It was a featured focal point in the Great Exhibition of 1851, which you can read about at the Albert Memorial.  … Continue reading

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Lost, Texas by Bronson Dorsey

My friend Jane is just the coolest friend ever.  Today, this present arrived on my doorstep with a note that said, “Saw this and thought of you!  It’s not New Deal but thought you might enjoy it.” Oh yeah.  I … Continue reading

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Limestone Guard Wall, Kimberlin Mountain: Another WPA Find

Growing up in Young County, Texas, this road was one of my dad’s favorites for a Sunday afternoon drive around Lake Possum Kingdom, or PK as we knew it.  On my recent trip to Texas, I discovered this guard wall … Continue reading

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McFadden Cabin: New Orleans City Park

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is seen in many of the artistic and functional structures of New Orleans’ City Park.  The McFadden Girl Scout Cabin was donated to the park by William McFadden and constructed in the early 1920s, specifically … Continue reading

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Monocacy Park, Bethlehem PA

Monocacy Park, an outstanding example of WPA landscape architecture, was an unexpected find while we were in Bethlehem.  Sometimes, in spite of searching scholarly sources and archival data, the fortuitous result of a google search turns up something–voila! A news … Continue reading

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Stone Picnic Shelter in Roanoke

The stone picnic shelter in Wasena Park, Roanoke, VA was constructed during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The land for the park was donated to the city in 1934, and landscape architect A. A. Farnham was selected to … Continue reading

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Mystery Park

I am in the best of both worlds for me: work that is fun.  This may look like an ordinary park on an ordinary summer day, but there is something pretty special about it.  What do you think it is?  … Continue reading

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Grain Elevator, Delhi, LA

Ever since I began reading Our Grandfathers’ Grain Elevators: The men of slip-formed concrete and the buildings they created in North America, they have taken on a new significance for me.  I always admired the structures, and many of them … Continue reading

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University Museum Rock Sculpture

While over at the University to make photos of the Walton-Young house for Preservation in Mississippi, I noticed the tortoise-like sculpture.  It has been a few years since I was last in this building for a class, and I don’t … Continue reading

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