Rudy J. Favretti, a noted landscape architect and author who specialized in the restoration of historic gardens, indicated his desire some years ago to AAG to find a permanent home for his design files where they would be accessible to future researchers. The time was finally right this past spring; amidst working in his own garden in Connecticut, Professor Favretti packed up several boxes of file folders, images, and landscape plans to donate to AAG.
When Favretti began his career in the 1950s, there were few people involved with historic landscape restoration. In the book Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings, co-authored by Professor Favretti and his wife Joy, and considered by many to be the reference for historic landscape restoration, they state that “grounds do not usually show the same degree of care and thoroughness in restoration that the buildings do, and the two do not work in unison to present a total picture.” We expect historic houses and buildings to take us back in time, and it only makes sense that the outdoor landscape should offer the same time travel experience.
|Mount Vernon, parterre, c. 1930s. Hand-colored glass lantern slide.|
|Mount Vernon, parterre, 2011. Kayla Burns, photographer.|
Kayla Burns, Intern
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