Life in gardens: calculations

Paving problem, FB Johnston, Library of Congress“6th Division mathematics class on a street paving problem,” Washington, D.C., ca. 1899, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Before she became immersed in the work of photographing old houses and gardens, Johnston was a photojournalist and a portraitist. In 1899, she became interested in progressive education and made a photo survey of students at public schools in Washington, D.C.

The Sunday porch: Franklin, Louisiana

thibideaux-cabin-st-marys-parish-la-1930s-fb-johnston-library-of-congress“Thebideau cabin,” near Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, 1938, by Frances Benjamin Johnston for her Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Detail: a small recessed gallery or loggia porch

The front yard is very neat. Two old tires protect the daisies and the little tree.

The Sunday porch: Le Droit Park

Le Droit Park, 1974, Wash.DC, HABS, Library of CongressDetail of porch column, Le Droit Park, 3rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 1974, by Ronald Comedy for an Historic American Building Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Le Droit Park is an old Washington subdivision of large freestanding houses and duplexes of related architectural design, located just south of Howard University. When it was built in 1873, it was restricted to white buyers only and gated, but a series of protests brought the fences down in 1891, and by 1920 its residents were predominately African-American and included professors, politicians, and artists.  The area suffered decline in the 1980s, but today its renovated homes are selling quickly, according to The Washington Post. The neighborhood is on the Heritage Trail, a self-guided walking tour developed by Cultural Tourism DC.

The home pictured above — with its distinctive porch columns — still exists.

Vintage landscape: Hartsdale

1 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress“Dog cemetery, Hartsdale,” New York, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, by Bain News Service, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

3 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress

The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery is the oldest operating pet cemetery in the world and the only one listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to its website. It was founded in 1896, in the apple orchard of a New York City veterinarian.

4 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress

Today, it holds the graves of over 80,000 animals, including the pets of Diana Ross, Irene Castle, and Mariah Carey.

2 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress