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  • Ralph E. Griswold — Dumbarton Oaks
    early in his career as a Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome and later on as a Resident Landscape Architect from 1949 1950 Griswold moved to Pittsburgh and started his own firm Griswold Winters Swain Mullin in 1930 He was a senior research fellow at Dumbarton Oaks from 1956 1959 After Alden Hopkins term as Dumbarton Oaks consulting landscape advisor ended Griswold took over the position in 1960 While at Dumbarton Oaks he is credited with a series of plant surveys for a number of garden areas and detailed construction plans that altered Hopkins Hornbeam Ellipse For the Ellipse he designed a fish scale central fountain and a moat wall with spouting masks which no longer remains In 1966 the Griswold design for the Ellipse was removed and Ruth Havey began a re design of the garden Griswold also created a planting plan for Lilac Circle Camellia Circle providing French drains for the Fountain Terrace and removing diseased plants Griswold died in 1981 Ralph E Griswold Papers Manuscript Division Library of Congress Washington D C http lcweb2 loc gov service mss eadxmlmss eadpdfmss 2014 ms014053 pdf Accessed June 8 2015 Elizabeth Jo Lampl Dumbarton Oaks Cultural

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  • Reef Point Gardens Corporation — Dumbarton Oaks
    being done at the institution recent acquisitions and the general health of the house and gardens Among other topics Farrand reported on the institution s futile struggle to obtain tax exempt status In 1947 a massive fire devastated Mount Desert Island leaving the communities on the island desperate for tax income to help rebuilt infrastructure Reef Point was repeatedly denied tax exempt status as an educational institution which left the Farrands with ever increasing bills Supporters made financial contributions but in 1955 Beatrix Farrand decided that the future of her beloved Reef Point was too expensive and unstable Upon deciding to discontinue the gardens and learning center Farrand moved swiftly to dismantle the entire estate Her collections of art books drawings and herbaria were donated to the department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California Berkeley The mansion was torn down and the vegetation was removed from the gardens Parts of the house that held meaning to Beatrix Farrand came with her to her final home at Garland Farm The chimney pots and front door for example became part of the Garlands farmhouse In the backyard Farrand transplanted some of her boxwood azaleas viburnums and an old cherry tree given to her years ago by her mentor Charles Sprague Sargent Even her late dog was reburied at Garland Farm Other parts of the gardens at Reef Point were rescued by Charles Savage a member of the Reef Point Foundation s board in happier days When Farrand made the decision to end Reef Point she gave Savage a year to remove what plants he could Aided by funding from John D Rockefeller Jr Savage purchased an alder swamp across the street from the Savage family s hotel the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor Savage transformed the alder swamp into a

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  • Richard B. Phelps — Dumbarton Oaks
    his own stonecutting company R B Phelps Stone Co out of offices at 2501 Ninth St N E Washington D C According to the letterhead on correspondence from Phelps to Dumbarton Oaks he had been in business for Over half century continuous service under one management by the 1950s and R B Phelps Stone Company were the oldest cut stone contractors in Washington As a result of being in business for so much of the 20th century Phelps Co provided apprenticeships to many local stonecutters over the years References 1930 United States Census Population Schedule Washington Washington District of Columbia p 4B Line 52 Richard B Phelps household digital images Ancestry com http ancestry com accessed August 15 2014 citing NARA microfilm publication T626 roll 303 Garden Archives Correspondence Dennis Rude Linkedin com Accessed August 15 2014 http www linkedin com pub dennis rude a 81b 130 Marion Ritchie Jr Washington Post January 15 2014 http www legacy com obituaries washingtonpost obituary aspx pid 169104115 Titanic Memorial sculpture Smithsonian American Art Museum Art Inventories Catalog Accessed August 15 2014 http archive today FiFD Document Actions Print this Share Previous Reef Point Gardens Corporation Next Richard H Bassett Dumbarton Oaks Research

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  • Richard James Meyers — Dumbarton Oaks
    Help Richard James Meyers Info Richard James Meyers Meyer Richard James Richard James Meyers or Richard J Meyers from The Ohio State University received a summer garden scholarship at Dumbarton Oaks where he created drawings for the gardens Document Actions Print this Share Previous Richard H Bassett Next Richard Stillwell Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1703 32nd Street NW Washington DC 20007 Site Map Web Accessibility Contact Us Visit

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  • Robert W. Patterson — Dumbarton Oaks
    him as her successor at Dumbarton Oaks At Reef Point Patterson functioned as both assistant director and member Thanks to their shared work history and friendship Farrand felt she could trust Patterson to maintain the integrity of the Dumbarton Oaks garden design and she said as much in letters to then director John Thacher Patterson made several trips a year from Bar Harbor to Washington D C always timed to coincide with seasonally important changes to the gardens From 1946 to 1948 he served as Farrand s eyes and ears reporting back to her and taking instructions regularly However in 1948 Farrand tendered her resignation and Patterson became head consultant During his time at Dumbarton Oaks he designed several garden features At the request of Mildred Bliss Patterson planned a Garden for the Blind a Byzantine Garden a new design for the North Vista and three suggested layouts for a Garden Library His suggestion for a Garden Library at the North end of the Tennis Court now the Pebble Garden got far enough for architect Frederick Rhinelander King to visit the site in 1952 and make sketches Ultimately none of Patterson s plans were used in the garden and his tenure as landscape architect served primarily to maintain the original Beatrix Farrand design In 1956 Patterson left his consulting position at Dumbarton Oaks The frequent travel between Maine and Washington proved too exhausting and so he reduced his role to membership in the Garden Advisory Committee At home in Maine he focused his energies on Bar Harbor and his old friend Beatrix Farrand who was in the process of selling Reef Point Patterson purchased the property and helped Farrand dismantle the house and gardens Patterson also planned and built the house at Garland Farm Farrand s new home where she

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  • Robert Woods Bliss — Dumbarton Oaks
    S government transferred Robert to the embassy in Paris It was during their years in Paris that the Blisses fully developed a passion for collecting art Guided by close friend Royall Tyler the Blisses discovered the unique appeal of Byzantine and Pre Columbian art Robert particularly identified with the tactile beauty of Pre Columbian pieces Forty five years after a Parisian dealer introduced him to his first acquisition Robert reflected on the experience I had just come from the Argentine Republic where I had never seen anything like these objects the temptations offered there having been in the form of colonial silver Within a year Joseph Brummer showed me an Olmec jadeite figure That day the collector s microbe took root in it must be confessed very fertile soil In 1919 the Blisses left Paris for Washington D C Robert s career had moved him around the world for almost twenty years and he wanted a permanent place to call home In October 1920 he purchased a Victorian mansion on several acres of rolling hills in Georgetown With the help of landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand and architects McKim Mead White the Blisses transformed the house and farmland into a Georgian Revival mansion surrounded by complex garden rooms and vistas They called their home Dumbarton Oaks After Robert s retirement in 1933 the Blisses moved into Dumbarton Oaks finally fulfilling Robert s dream during twenty years of professional nomad ism of having a country house in the city After decades of world travel and keen eyed collecting the Blisses gifted their art library and Dumbarton Oaks property to Harvard University in 1940 The Blisses continued purchasing and generously donating objects to Dumbarton Oaks throughout the years In 1961 they broke ground on a museum wing built to house Robert s prized

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  • Rose A. Willgoose — Dumbarton Oaks
    She assisted Ethel Clark in the Founder s Room caring for rare books until Clark s departure in late 1948 Beginning in 1949 Willgoose took charge of the rare book collection She worked for Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand in the building up of the Garden Library and she assisted Anne Sweeney with library and office related tasks Reference Garden Archives Correspondence Document Actions Print this Share Previous Robert Woods

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  • Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh — Dumbarton Oaks
    Botanic Garden Edinburgh Archive Navigation Garden Archives Home Contents Index Search Refine Help Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Info Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Document Actions Print this Share Previous Rose A Willgoose Next Ruth A Bawell Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1703 32nd Street NW Washington DC 20007 Site Map Web Accessibility Contact Us Visit Us Staff Directory Employment Rights and Reproductions Staff Login Newsletter Webmail

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