The Cohen House Circular Rose Garden

Part of the reason I’ve been so immersed in the Cohen House Papers recently is that one of my colleagues has been working on an exhibit about George Cohen. I’ve also been struggling, though, to figure out the answer to one of those nasty little puzzles that present themselves from time to time.

This one has to do with something in this photo–the rectangular area delineated in the lawn by the square tiles:

Cohen house back says after 1928 patio 046

When did they arrive and when did they disappear? There’s note on the back side of this picture that suggests it was installed in 1928 but I can’t find anything to confirm that. This can be a maddening business—every image I’ve found so far is either unclear, undated or has the lawn just barely out of sight.

However, all this digging has turned up quite a few other interesting things, notably a rose garden off to the side of the faculty club. It’s encircled by a thick and carefully trimmed hedge, rather a curious design choice although definitely a striking one. Here it is, intriguingly, with the already established hedge but new rose plantings:

Cohen house rose garden nd clate 20s 045

And here’s a nice view of it at a later date:

Cohen House circular shrubs nd 046

I looked at it a half dozen times before I noticed the woman.

Bonus: This left me puzzled for a couple of moments too.


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2 Responses to The Cohen House Circular Rose Garden

  1. effegee says:

    “Destilar” means “to distill” in both Spanish and Portuguese. Although “Heinz destiled vingear” is advertised as being available from

  2. loki_the_bubba says:

    The writing on the menu is on glass. If you go around to the other side you can read it fine.

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