Mary Clara Capel
105 South Boundary Street
This enchanting storybook house was built in 1936 by Estelle and Julius Page on a lot carved out of her father’s garden as a wedding present for the couple. The garden features a succession of colors through the seasons: in spring the front yard displays a lavender and purple palette, with tulips and stachys in front of the trellised, copper-roofed front porch, while a bank of azaleas lines the white picket fence. An early design challenge was to mask the adjacent University parking lot. This involved clearing invasive ivy from the bank bordering the driveway that revealed many huge stones used to create a wall along the top of the bank. In a side garden, a gently flowing stone fountain features a base of old English millstones. A delightful arched gate leads to surprises in the back garden with whimsical folk art, featuring yellow hobbit homes, grazing sheep, and a beached shark. Birdhouses are everywhere, and a huge pin oak tree provides dappled shade. A pond was original to the house. This garden provides a bouquet of good ideas for visitors.
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