Rev. Anthony J. Eiardi, S.J.
The Japanese Garden at Bellarmine Hall was designed in 1926 by Arthur A. Shurtleff for the Walter B. Lashar family. A recent site visit to the garden suggests that this footbridge is still extant, but its railings are no longer there. The original (or very similar) Japanese lantern also still exists. According to Shurtleff (aka Shurcliff), these lanterns were "sometimes meant to be lighted with candles, and at other times simply too serve as symbols."
In 1956 Rev. Anthony J. Eiardi, S.J., a math professor here at Fairfield University, sent letters to landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff asking for his recollections regarding the Japanese Garden he designed 30 years earlier for the Lashar residence. In reference to this photograph, Shurcliff writes: ‚ÄúThe Japanese lantern was an original imported by the owner. In the distance I see the two bridges. I designed both of them, but with the invaluable help of the late Langdon Warner of the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had visited Japan four or five times and had traveled in China. However, he never saw the garden though I wish he had. Image date is approximate.
Photographic print; black-and-white; 4 x 5 in.
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Rev. Anthony J. Eiardi, S.J.. "Japanese Garden looking southwest-south toward pond and upper footbridge." 1956. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/122.