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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Early Photographs of Loutrel Briggs Garden at Home Located at 180 Pelhamdale Avenue

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As I have written before, the renowned landscape architect Loutrel Winslow Briggs (1893 – 1977) is widely noted as among the “Pioneers of American Landscape Design” who literally shaped our history. See Birnbaum, Charles A. & Karson, Robin, eds., Pioneers of American Landscape Design, pp. 35-37 (The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2000). An expert on his work and the work of many of his contemporaries has described him saying “Briggs, above all others, is credited with establishing what is generally known today as ‘Charleston’s garden style.’” Cochran, James, Preserving Charleston’s Landscape Legacy, Historic Preservation, Vol. XV, No. 1, p. 2 (American Society of Landscape Architects, Spring 2005).

In the last few years, heightened awareness of the importance of his work has led to surveys intended to identify remaining gardens that he designed, preservation workshops dedicated to teaching the owners of Briggs gardens how to preserve, document and maintain his original work, as well as lectures, tours and a weekend charrette all dedicated to Loutrel W. Briggs and his landscape architecture. See id., p. 3.

Research has revealed that the lovely home located at 180 Pelhamdale Avenue near the intersection of Irving Place includes much of an original Loutrel Briggs Garden designed and created in about 1928. Photographs of the Garden and the plans for the garden prepared by Mr. Briggs appeared in the following article: A Community Prize Winner - Garden of Mrs. W. W. Warner At Pelham, N. Y. - L. W. Briggs, Landscape Architect, Garden & Home Builder, pp. 526-27 (Feb. 1928). I previously have written about this garden. See Monday, December 19, 2005: Second Loutrel Briggs Garden "Discovered" in Pelham.

Recently while scanning glass negatives from the William R. Montgomery Glass Negative Collection maintained by The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham I ran across negatives containing images of the garden designed by Loutrel Briggs for the W. W. Warner home located at 180 Pelhamdale Avenue. The pictures appear below. They are significant because they show the garden shortly after it was first created.

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