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AFTON VILLA: THE BIRTH AND REBIRTH OF A NINETEENTH-CENTURY LOUISIANA GARDEN. Genevieve Munson Trimble. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2016. Reading the American Landscape. 120 pp. with 88 ills. (81 col.). 26 x 26 cm. LC 2015-35560 ISBN 9780807162378 In English.
Publisher's description: Genevieve Trimble's remarkable story of Afton Villa began with a tragedy. In 1963, fire ravaged the forty-room Victorian Gothic plantation home on the historic estate, bringing to ashes over 170 years of history. Over the next decade, its once-regal serpentine entryway and carefully laid out gardens gradually deteriorated, as vines strangled the rows of azaleas that once welcomed guests. A place of enchantment crumbled toward extinction. The irreversible loss of Afton Villa's once pristine nineteenth-century gardens and carefully built stately home did, however, inspire Trimble to seize the opportunity to protect the derelict property from oblivion and she and her husband purchased the estate in 1972. This ambitious move initiated a forty-year regeneration of one of the most treasured and legendary gardens in Louisiana. Afton Villa documents Trimble's decades-long restoration project while providing a history of the original owners and paying tribute to the other people who contributed to its rebirth. Focusing on preservation, Trimble reveals how the garden's original footprint survived as well as how she thoughtfully introduced new flora into the terraced landscape, including the foundation ruins of the house, under the guidance of landscape architect Neil G. Odenwald.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design — Conservation/Restoration
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 172067
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