Structure Type: landscapes - cultural landscapes - gardens - landscape gardens

Designers: Church, Thomas D. , Landscape Architect (firm); Haag, Richard, Associates, Incorporated, Site Planners, Landscape Architects (firm); Hoggson, Noble, Landscape Architect (firm); Thomas Dolliver Church (landscape architect); Richard Haag (landscape architect); Noble Foster Hoggson Jr. (landscape architect); Fujitaro Kubota (landscape designer)

Dates: constructed 1954-1985

7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-1097

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The house and 150-acre grounds were designed for a conservation-minded lumber executive, Prentice Bloedel (1900-1996), who started work on the property in 1954; Prentice Bloedel, and his wife, Virginia Merrill Bloedel (1902-1989), became important philanthropists in the Puget Sound Region; Bloedel retired from the Macmillan-Bloedel Ltd., as a Vice-President in 1951; the Bloedels retained a number of famed landscape architects to design the grounds of their estate, including, Fujitaro Kubota designed the Pond Garden, Kawana Koichidry, who arranged the moss gardens, and the San Francisco Modernist, Thomas Church, supervised the whole design over three decades; according to an article posted by the Preservation Seattle in 08/2003 by Beth Dodrill and Heather McIntosh, "Church guided the overall design of the nearly seventy acres of developed landscape from the 1950's through the 1970's. He also designed some individual features within this unique landscape." (See http://www.historicseattle.org/preservationseattle/preservationenv/defaultaugust2.htm Accessed 08/11/2008)

Tel: (206) 842-7631 (2008);

Landscape Architect, Noble Hoggson, worked at the Bloedel Reserve in 1966-1969;

PCAD id: 3318