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HISTORIC HATLEY CASTLE + PARK. THE PROJECT

<< As Lord Dunsmuir did not accept the proposition which I made
to him through you for a preliminary visit in 1907 and has gone
ahead and improved his place in a manner which I now understand
he is dissatisfied with, I have felt considerable reluctance to
undertake to design the improvements which he now desires, lest
our reputation should suffer through the assumption by any one
interested that the place as a whole was designed by us.
It has also being intimated to me by someone, I forget now who,
that his manner of dealing with professional men is not such as to
be apt to meet with their entire approbation. I inferred, also, that it
is possible, although it was not so stated, that he may be arbitrary
and unjust in the matter of paying bills for professional services.
I therefore venture to ask for your frank opinion as to whether
you think it would be a reasonably satisfactory piece of work for
our office to undertake, and whether you would advise us to have
dealings with Lord Dunsmuir. I shall of course regard anything you
say as absolutely confidential, in fact will return your letter to you if
desired.
I have plenty to do so that I am not especially looking for work
and am in a position to decline this work if it seems unlikely to be
satisfactory.>>

Has this dialogue between Maclure and Olmsted
resonated with you, perhaps mirroring your
experiences with a prospective client? Despite the
fact that over a century separates us from this
exchange, when it comes to scoping out a client,
some things never change.
paulcallison@shaw.ca

FOR A LOOK AT HATLEY CASTLE TODAY, SEE >LP+

JOHN CHARLES OLMSTED
THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

Olmsted felt uncomfortable about Dunsmuir's character. He
decided on August 17, 1911, to write to Maclure for advice. Would it
in fact be worth the time to work for Dunsmuir?

PHOTO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR
OLMSTED PARKS www.olmsted.ord

Maclure replied promptly on August 23, 1911.

<< My Dear Mr. Olmsted,
In reply to your letter of 17th inst, which has just reached me, I may
say that my own experience with Hon. James Dunsmuir entirely
bears out what you say has been intimated to you regarding his
character as a client, and judging from this I do not think that any
dealings you could have with him would be satisfactory to you, I
have never been so badly treated by anyone as I have by him and
this is in return for faithful services extended over several years, and
many others have had similar experience with him. He is arbitrary
and unjust and prefers insult to encouragement in dealing with
professional men...and much as I should rejoice to have one of your
beautiful gardens here I feel it would not be fair to you to encourage
you to accept any work from a man of Mr. Dunsmuir's extraordinary
character.
P.S. You need not treat this as confidential unless you wish. Hon Mr.
Dunsmuir is not a Lord, not even a Knight.>>

My dear Mr. Maclure...
...I have felt considerable reluctance to
undertake to design the improvements
which he now desires...
...It has also been intimated to me by
someone, I forget now who, that his
manner of dealing with professional
men is not such as to be apt to meet
with their entire approbation.
...I therefore earnestly venture to
ask for your frank opinion...

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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 - Excellence 2014 | Les Prix D’excellence – Cru 2014
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - National Honour | Honneur National
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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
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Cover4
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LP+ Online | En Ligne
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus2
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus3
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - “Making a Landscape” … Excerpt
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus6
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus7
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FP_LP+ | Architecture de Paysage du Canada
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus10
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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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus18
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Prix de Design Urbain
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