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    Fernleigh 1996-1998.
     
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    Title: 
    Fernleigh 1996-1998.
    Forms part of: 
    Garden Club of America Collection,
    Phy. Description: 
    1 folder+ 9 35 mm. slides.
    Summary: 
    The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of printed information about the garden, and photocopies of photographs of the garden from the New York State Historical Association library.
    Publication: 
    Garden has been featured in Eugene J. Johnson, Style Follows Function: Architecture of Marcus T. Reynolds (Albany, NY: Washington Park Press, Ltd. and Mount Ida Press, n.d.), pp. 15-17.
    Garden has been featured in Jessie A. Ravage, Redesigning Nature: Historic Gardens Around Otsego Lake (exhibit brochure), n.d.
    General Note: 
    Fernleigh, the country home of the Clark family since the 19th century, is situated along both sides of the Susquehanna River, linked by a footbridge. The house, only part of which remains, was a Second Empire stone mansion designed by New Jersey architect James Van Dyke and built in 1869. The original garden was located to the south of the mansion and included a servants' house and Turkish bath. In 1923 Stephen Clark commissioned Marcus T. Reynolds to design new gardens for Fernleigh. Reynolds incorporated his love for Italian villas into the plans. When they were completed in 1929, the new Fernleigh gardens had terraces, balustrades, a fountain, and a swimming pool, which was placed on the site of the original garden. The garden architecture included a wrought-iron casino, pavilions, iron trellises, and bird cages. Reynolds' design centered the mansion, servants' house, and Turkish bath around the swimming pool and terraces. Period photographs show that the property was used extensively for lawn parties, fairs, and other recreational activities. Reynolds was reponsible for the terraced plan for the garden, while Bryant Fleming, a landscape design professor at Cornell, drew up the planting plans. Planted beds are evident in the period photographs. Today, only a portion of the Fernleigh mansion remains. The Turkish bath is gone and the swimming pool has been replaced with grass. The wrought-iron casino and fountain still stand. Containers of large topiaries are placed in the garden during the summer months. Planted beds are not used, although some permanent plantings exist.
    Persons associated with the garden include: the Clark family (owners, 1869 to date); James Van Dyke (architect, 1868); Henry Hardenburgh (architect, 1870s); Marcus T. Reynolds (architect and landscape architect, 1923-1929); Bryant Fleming (landscape designer, 1920s); and Christi Vadnais (artist od mural in pavilion, 1995).
    Restrictions: 
    Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
    Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Gardens -- New York -- Cooperstown.
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Fernleigh (Cooperstown, New York)
    United States of America New York Otsego County Otsego Cooperstown
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
    Local Number: 
    NY650000
    Co-Creator: 
    Clark family, owners.
    Reynolds, Marcus T., landscape architect.
    Van Dyke, James, architect.
    Hardenburgh, Henry, architect.
    Fleming, Bryant, landscape designer.
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