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Boston -- Capitoline Garden, Cobb House Condominium, The

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref17560
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6ea14b5da-267b-49d6-8c00-ad8b8bc6d5f6
General
Located on Beacon Hill, this garden is a well-preserved vestige of the post-1900 movement to convert the service areas of 19th-century townhouses into gardens. The garden was originally designed in 1928 by Harvard landscape design graduate Robert Nathan Cram to lie behind two adjoining Joy Street houses (ca. 1810) that he owned. The Depression intervened, however; Cram, financially ruined, died a suicide in 1930 and subsequent owners made many changes. Finally, in 1984 the property was converted to condominium apartments. The condominium association has imaginatively planted and carefully maintained its unique little courtyard. Remarkably, the outlines of Cram's original design are still in place, with several features intact: a chin-deep "plunging pool" fed by a dolphin-head fountain and a pergola supported by twisted columns.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert Nathan Cram (landscape architect, 1928-30) and James Hicks Stone (architect, 1928).
Landscape architect
Cram, Robert Nathan, d. 1930
Architect
Stone, James Hicks, 1889-1928
Provenance
Beacon Hill Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
Capitoline Garden, The, Cobb House Condominium (Boston, Massachusetts)
United States of America -- Massachusetts -- Suffolk County -- Boston
Topic
Gardens -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Landscape architect
Cram, Robert Nathan, d. 1930
Architect
Stone, James Hicks, 1889-1928
Provenance
Beacon Hill Garden Club
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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.
Custodial History
The Beacon Hill Garden Club of Boston, Massachusetts, facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File MA046
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.
Bibliography
Garden has been featured in James Ernest King, "A Roman Bath Unearthed in a Beacon Hill Backyard," Boston Traveler, December 14, 1929. Garden has been featured in Jack Frost, "Fancy This," Boston Globe, March 22, 1935.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, copies of articles about the garden from the 1920s and 1930s, and other information.
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
The Capitoline Garden, Cobb House Condominium related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 35 mm. slides (photographs); 3 photographic prints)
AAG.GCA_ref17560
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AAG.GCA
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210180584-0
Boston -- The Capitoline Garden, Cobb House Condominium
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