Here’s a vintage view of the front of the Lord and Schryver house…
designed for Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver by the architect Clarence Smith, with whom they worked extensively in Salem. Built in 1930 with the garden designed and installed by L&S by 1932 to embody all of their principles of house and garden, inside/outside/ flowers/greenery, “informal formality”…the garden survives today because of the long stewardship of the Strand family who purchased the house in the mid 1980’s, selling the property to the Kingery family this summer. The Kingery “kids” grew up in an L&S garden in Portland
and generously have purchased the house and garden, giving the L&S Conservancy five years to raise the money to purchase the garden for future generations to enjoy and study (this MIGHT be where you got out your check book to make a donation?… to raise the funds and repay the Kingerys’ investment in garden history…?)
When the Strands moved out this year, some of us were allowed to do a walk-through of the rooms and take a few photos. The house is small in scale by today’s standards, but is totally oriented to the garden and garden views…take a look…(clicking on any individual photo will enlarge it for you)
and check these beautiful tiles from the master bedroom fireplace surround…
Once the garden and house were habitable, L&S lived and gardened here all of their days…for Elizabeth Lord (left below) until 1976, for Edith Schryver until 1984.