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Knoxville -- Craiglen

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref10919
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb68eb85b97-30ff-4321-b07b-2b585be168da
General
Charles I. Barber, of Barber and McMurry, designed the house in 1926 for Mr. John J. Craig, III., one of the owners of Candoro Marble Company. Landscape architect Charles F. Lester was hired to mold the surrounding eighty acres to complement the strongly Italianate house. Lester laid out green terraces on a slope between the north front of the house and a man-made lake below and created a large formal garden to the west. Developers purchased the property in 1971, with the intent of demolishing the residence and constructing a subdivision. The house and several acres, however, were preserved with the remaining being developed into the Westlands and Westchase condominiums and Craigland subdivision. The current owners of the existing property have restored and renovated the gardens and remaining two acres of property, which combine formal and naturalistic elements. In 1998, a wall was added to define the north side of the formal garden, which features ponds and stone benches original to the property, concrete sculptures, boxwoods, and espaliered "Smoothee" apple trees. To the east of the house is a large lawn surrounded by woods of mature dogwoods, maples, tulip poplars, magnolias, hackberries, walnuts, oaks, and hemlocks. A cottage garden is kept behind the garage. The owners planted an herb garden in large clay pots just outside the kitchen door.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. John J. Craig, III. (former owners, 1926-1945); Mrs. John J. Craig, III. (former owner, 1945-1971); Mrs. and Mrs. Calvin Walter (former owners, 1971-1992); Charles F. Lester (landscape architect, 1926); Charles I. Barber (architect, 1926); Albert Milani (marble sculpture, 1926); Mary Spengler (garden designer, 1992-1998); Rosemary Verey (garden consultant, 1995); and Peter Thevenot (plant supplier, 1998).
Consultant
Verey, Rosemary
Landscape architect
Lester, Charles F.
Former owner
Craig, John J., Mrs.
Craig, John J.
Garden designer
Spengler, Mary
Architect
Barber & McMurry
Creator
Knoxville Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
Craiglen (Knoxville, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennessee -- Knox County -- Knoxville
Topic
Courtyard gardens
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
Formal gardens
Cottage gardens
Consultant
Verey, Rosemary
Landscape architect
Lester, Charles F.
Former owner
Craig, John J., Mrs.
Craig, John J.
Garden designer
Spengler, Mary
Architect
Barber & McMurry
Creator
Knoxville Garden Club
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Tennessee
Sponsor
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File TN064
Type
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Scope and Contents
Copies of original photographs are included in file. The folder includes a work sheet, garden plans, photo copies of articles, nursery invoices, correspondence, and booklet on Craig family and Candoro Marble Company.
Collection Restrictions
Access to original archival materials 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.
Related Materials
Craiglen related holdings consist of 1 folder (11 35 mm. slides)
AAG.GCA_ref10919
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AAG.GCA
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Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210186942-0
Knoxville -- Craiglen
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