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. Arthur Asahel Shurcliff (1865 - 1957) was a noted American landscape architect. (He was born with the family name Shurtleff but changed it to Shurcliff in 1930.) A recent site visit to the garden indicates that the bridge, pergola, Japanese lantern and fence are no longer there.
In 1956, Rev. Anthony J. Eiardi, S.J., a math professor here at Fairfield University, sent letters to Shurcliff asking for his recollections regarding the Japanese Gardens he designed 30 years earlier for the Lashar residence. In reference to this photograph, Shurcliff writes: ‚ÄúThe pergola shown in this photograph was also designed by me but with more help from Langdon Warner [of the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts]. He also felt the nearby fence would be appropriate to the general scheme.‚Äù A pergola is an arbor or passageway of columns supporting a roof of trelliswork on which climbing plants are trained to grow. 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 northwest-north from upper southeast of meditation pool." 1956. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/123.