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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Unpublished M.A. thesis by Susan Jane Gross. Gross wrote in her abstract: "Two basic themes emerged during the course of research. The first was his artistic approach to design and the second was the artist-patron system on which his practice was based. He had an artist's approach to his work. The projects were treated individually and the primary considerations were the needs of the client, the demands of the -site and quality in design. His projects, therefore, did not display an identifiable style. Each design had 'its own character, reflecting the life style of the residents and the environment in which they lived. The artist-patron system allowed Huntsman-Trout to maintain complete control and the highest standards of quality in his work. For that reason, he successfully perpetuated the once dominant system for many years after most landscape architects could no longer afford that practice. His place in the history of landscape architecture was two-fold. He was an artist whose designs represented two important phases in the history of garden development in Southern California, and he was one of the last landscape architects to maintain a practice in the artist-patron tradition."
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