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Harvard Landscape Artist Is Topographical Surgeon

Transforms Rice Fields, Ravines, Into Planned Estates


Even flat rice fields and unattractive ravines can have their faces lifted, Richard K. Weber, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture, has shown by topographical surgery in Long Island and the South in the past three years.

Many times working with houses with little or no surroundings, Weber produced estates on what had formerly been colorless rice fields, importing all his materials, planting large trees, and constructing his landscape outright.

In Long Island, on the estate of Mrs. Evelyn Marshall Field, Weber was confronted with the side of a ravine upon which to lay out his forecourt. The ravine was filled in and now, upon what was once scraggly woodland, reposes the well-planned estate complete with shady trees and green shrubbery.

Pictorial evidence of these accomplishments in the field of Landscape Architecture are now on exhibit in Robinson Hall.

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