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ESSAY | ESSAI

12. FORUM_TURNING [3]
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
PAUL ALLISON

SAMUEL MACLURE
THE ARCHITECT

SIR JAMES DUNSMUIR
THE CLIENT

As a professional landscape architect, have you ever asked a fellow LA or other professional colleague
about the character of a potential new client? In the first decade of the 1900s, Samuel Maclure, a
renowned architect in Victoria, was in the midst of completing Hatley Castle in Colwood, B.C., for the
famous coal baron, Sir James Dunsmuir, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.

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My Dear Mr. Olmsted,
...I do not think that any dealings
you could have with him would
be satisfactory to you...
...He is arbitrary and unjust and
prefers insult to encouragement...
...Hon Mr. Dunsmuir is not a
Lord, not even a Knight.

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ON DECEMBER 4, 1907, MACLURE sat down at his desk and
wrote a letter to John Charles Olmsted, addressed to the Arlington
Club in Portland, Oregon, where he was temporarily staying. JCO,
the nephew of Frederick Law Olmsted of New York's Central
Park fame, was at that time the first president of the American
Society of Landscape Architects. Maclure wrote encouragingly to
JCO to visit Victoria and consult with Dunsmuir on creating estate
gardens for Hatley Park.

<<...Being familiar with the work of the late F. Law Olmsted I have
asked my client to allow me to communicate with you to ask you
what terms you would be willing to come to Victoria, view the site
and prepare plans for the laying out of the grounds. There are 240
acres in the estate, the site slopes towards the sea, southing, and
there are innumerable springs of pure water flowing from the hill
sides which could be used in any manner to beautify the grounds
with lakes, streams, etc. This house is a very important one and I am
anxious to have a siting prepared for it by your distinguished hand,
if this is at all possible.>>
FOUR YEARS LATER... AN URGENT REQUEST
Olmsted did, in fact, consult with Dunsmuir in late December,
1907, but never heard back from him. Then, in 1911, Dunsmuir
sent the Olmsted firm a telegram urgently requesting Olmsted
to visit and design a landscape before he left for a European tour
that was popular with the Edwardian elite at the time. Olmsted
was a little taken aback as he had not heard back from his initial
consultation and was busy with other projects.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Fall 2014

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Upfront | Prologue
Excellence 2014 | Les Prix D’excellence – Cru 2014
National Honour | Honneur National
National Merit | Mérite National
National Citation | Citation Nationale
The Regionals | Prix Régionaux
Adjudication
CSLA: 80 Years | Aapc : 80 Ans
LACF | FACP
Critique | Critique
Urban Design Awards
The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin
LP+ Online | En Ligne
“Making a Landscape” … Excerpt
FP_LP+ | Architecture de Paysage du Canada
Lake Effect – Harbourfront Show
FR_LP+ | Profil du Jury
FR_LP+ | EN_LP+ | Hatley Castle Today
Hatley Castle
FR_LP+ | Poser Les Bonnes Questions
FR_LP+ | Prix de Design Urbain
FR_LP+ | Des emblèmes : Non Merci !
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - To Begin With | Pour Commencer
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Upfront | Prologue
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - National Merit | Mérite National
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - National Citation | Citation Nationale
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - The Regionals | Prix Régionaux
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Adjudication
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - CSLA: 80 Years | Aapc : 80 Ans
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LACF | FACP
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Critique | Critique
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Urban Design Awards
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Cover3
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LP+ Online | En Ligne
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus2
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus3
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - “Making a Landscape” … Excerpt
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus5
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FP_LP+ | Architecture de Paysage du Canada
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Lake Effect – Harbourfront Show
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus12
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Profil du Jury
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Hatley Castle
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus15
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Poser Les Bonnes Questions
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