Save Bohemian-Sophisticate Pink House and Secret Garden from the Wrecking Ball
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(HOMEWOOD, Ala. June 22, 2018) - Please help art and history lovers save the Eleanor and Georges Bridges’ Pink House and Secret Garden.
Currently, the almost 100-year-old house is owned by Patrick O’Sullivan, a former resident of Homewood. He has publicly stated his intention to raze the house, stables and extensive garden and its old-growth trees and formal gardens to build five houses. He has made a gentleman’s agreement with us, giving us until July 13 to raise the funds to make a credible offer to purchase the property.
The Pink House (built in 1921) and Secret Garden on Edgewood Blvd. is significant and worthy of preservation. Eleanor and Georges Bridges, highly recognized professional artists and bohemian sophisticates, designed this original, pink Italianate stucco house and formal garden. It all served as a dramatic setting — and the inspiration — for their prodigious artistic productions, the art, ballet and theatre instruction they provided, their Sunday evening, often literary-themed discussions, as well as parties for the literary and Hollywood glitterati. What is more, they mixed with the high and the low with equal grace, helping children in need and opening their home for their care.
It must be emphasized that this so-called “secret garden” had not been revealed to the public until this week when a former resident took photographs of them and published them on Facebook.
"The Pink House Garden is a wonderful example of early 20th Century American formal garden design with elegant outdoor rooms, terraced gardens, formal parterres, sculpture specifically designed for the space and colors from an impressionistic palette. In more than one way it is reminiscent to the garden museum, Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington D.C. one of the finest public gardens in the country. Both gardens were created in the 1920s by their owners to explore garden design, create something special and beautiful. They were venues for social and civic events to promote the arts, provide a sense of place and build community. That is something to remember and celebrate."
Jane Reed Ross, RLA, ASLA
President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
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