Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Courtyard of the Oriental Institute

Beatrix Farrand was an early 20th century landscape architect.

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She is known particularly for her design of the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. She also worked on a number of projects with John D. Rockefeller.

Images of her drawings for the garden in the Oriental Institute Courtyard are published in:
Beatrix Jones Farrand (1872-1959) : fifty years of American landscape architecture
Author: Diane Kostial McGuire; Lois Fern

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Dumbarton Oaks Trustees for Harvard University, 1982.
available online here.

The garden was restored in 2006
[Photos from Tom James's photostream at flickr]

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4 comments:

Jason Ur said...

When I was a student (1994-2004), it was generally not possible to get into the courtyard. It could only be entered through a secured door in the basement, and it was essentially the private domain of a staff member. In ten years, I think I was in the courtyard twice. With this 2006 renovation, is it publicly accessible?

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

Someone closer than I am will have to respond about access these days. But wasn't the courtyard the location of the annual NELC New Student reception each September during those years Jason?

Foy said...

The courtyard is still basically inaccessible, although various rumors have floated about that maybe that could change (not in the near future, I suspect). The new NELC student reception is still taking place there, but the courtyard in general is very much under-utilized and I think there has been some brain-storming about ways to make it more useful.

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

I just came upon another blogger discussing the Farrand garden at the OI: Beatrix Farrand Garden at the Oriental Institute