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    Waveny ca. 1925-2000.
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    Waveny ca. 1925-2000.
    Forms part of: 
    Garden Club of America Collection,
    Phy. Description: 
    2 folders+ 8 glass lantern slides and 7 35 mm. slides.
    The folders include worksheets, site plans, planting plan, and a photocopy of a book excerpt about the house and garden.
    New Canaan Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    Drawings and plans are located in the Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site at 99 Warren St., Boston, MA. #3393.
    Correspondence between former owners and Olmstead at Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    Garden featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America (New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 1924)
    General Note: 
    In 1904, Lewis Lapham bought the property and added 170 acres. Tudor mansion, "Waveny," was designed by W. B. Tubby. The gardens were designed by the Frederick Law Olmstead firm. In 1967, this 350 acre parcel of land was deeded to the Town of New Canaan for the future use of its residents.
    Rose Garden: Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., originally designed the walled garden as a rose garden with tea house. The walled garden fell into disrepair. Major repairs to brick walls, roofing, treillage, tea house, and a brick path in this garden were completed in October, 1995. For practical reasons, the central space--formerly filled with roses--was newly designed to be a low maintenance garden around the perimeter. Benches, fountain, tea house, and urns were reconstructed according to Olmstead plans. Restoration was made possible by private donations and by the New Canaan Garden Club. The garden is currently used for weddings, receptions, concerts, and other ceremonies
    Persons and firms associated with the garden and property include: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lapham (former owner, 1904-1967); Town of New Canaan (owner, 1967-present); and Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects (landscape architects, ?-1917); and William B. Tubby (architect).
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    Gardens -- Connecticut -- New Canaan
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Waveny (New Canaan, Connecticut)
    Connecticut -- New Canaan
    United States of America Connecticut Fairfield County New Canaan
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
    Local Number: 
    Lapham, Lewis H., Mrs., former owner.
    Tubby, William B. architect
    Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr.
    Olmsted Brothers landscape architect
    Town of New Canaan, owner.
    New Canaan Garden Club provenance.
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Archives of American GardensCT018000Add Copy to MyList

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