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"You can tie a blue ribbon to a tree but if some asshole on a crane backs into it, some asshole on a crane has backed into it, and Jacobsen can't bring it back," Peter Shenk, a critic of a Harvard plan to build an underground library at the University-owned Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington, said last April. Shenk, a former Dumbarton Oaks gardener who mounted a successful campaign to block the planned construction, claimed the excavation would damage the estate's famous gardens. Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen claimed the construction would cause no permanent damage to the garden.

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