An Illustrated Talk on Nathan Franklin Barrett, 1845-1919, Landscape Architect

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 7:30pm

Join former CCHS Archive and Research Director, Gail Sansbury, for a closer look at the career of Nathan Barrett – his family, his life work, his ideas, and his many projects, including his plan for Chevy Chase, Maryland. Barrett was a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1899 and a Commissioner of the Palisades Inter-State Park, nominated by Theodore Roosevelt, 1900-1915. He is known for his formal gardens, especially for his wealthy clients in the Gilded Age. But Barrett also designed plans for factory towns, the most famous of which is the Town of Pullman, in Chicago. Few of his professional papers and plans have been found, but Sansbury’s research has revealed additional projects, some quite unusual!


The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held via Zoom and you can register here. On the day of the lecture, those registered will be emailed the link to view the program, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. For questions, contact CCHS at


Mrs. Auchincloss’s Garden at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, RI, designed by Nathan F. Barrett

Mrs. Auchincloss’s Garden at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, RI, designed by Nathan F. Barrett:

“Lovers of gardens laid out along traditional lines and those who prefer naturalistic

planting were equally delighted with the pleasure grounds at Hammersmith Farm.

Both styles of gardening are harmoniously linked together there and cleverly

adjusted to the irregular site….”,

from the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America, July 1923, No. 12.


The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County