Dumbarton Oaks: a Landscape of Cultural and Social Distinction

Hall, Maureen Patricia , Department of English, University of Virginia
Howard, Alan, Department of English, University of Virginia
Meyer, Elizabeth, Dean's Office, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Dumbarton Oaks is an important piece of culture mainly for two reasons. First, it is significant and unusual place because it is the last example of the elite private gardens and estates that started in the Gilded Age. Secondly, Dumbarton Oaks is an iconic representation for how women entered the professional fields. Landscape architecture was one way to enter these fields; gardening was an appropriate "hobby turned profession" for women. Beatrix Jones Farrand was the professional woman who designed Dumbarton Oaks. More than just designing this work, Beatrix's historical importance in America has something to do with her as a professional woman landscape architect and how this paved the way for other women in professional roles.

MA (Master of Arts)

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