Thursday, October 8, 2009

Philbrook Gardens 1950s / 2009

2727 South Rockford Road

An Italian Renaissance villa, the Philbrook was designed in 1926 by Kansas City Architect Edward Buehler Delk. Construction on the mansion was begun the same year by the John Long Company of Kansas City and completed in 1927. Originally called Villa Philbrook, the home featured 72 rooms on 23 acres (93,000 m²) of grounds. (photo courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society)

The expansive grounds contain elaborate gardens inspired by Villa Lante, an Italian country estate north of Rome designed by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola in 1566. The formal gardens to the east descend to the tempietto and were part of the original design and construction.

Villa Lante at Bagnaia from Wikipedia

1 comment:

  1. I find it interesting that the "look and feel" of the gardens is very similar between the two pictures. I think that it is a testament to the skills of the landscape architect.

    The gardens are a great place to spend a couple hours on a nice day.