William A. Peschelt Collection

Finding aid prepared by Erin Chase.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: William A. Peschelt Collection
Dates: c. 1905-1912
Collection Number: archPeschelt
Creator: Peschelt, William A.
Extent: 1 flat folder
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Architecture Collections
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The collection documents the landscape work of landscape designer William A. Peschelt during the early part of the 20th century, with a focus on his work for Arthur Letts’ Holmby Park residence in Los Angeles, California.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administrative Information

Access

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Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or reproduce in any format must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Rare Books.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William A. Peschelt Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased in 2009.

Biography

William Peschelt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1853, and came to Los Angeles in 1880 at the beginning of the population boom. Not much is known about the early part of his career, but in the first decade of the century he went into private business with Adolph Scheffler as a nurseryman and landscape designer. By 1905, Peschelt had likely gained a reputation as a landscape designer and ornamental horticulturalist because in the same year he was hired to work on possibly the largest and most elaborate residential garden in the city of Los Angeles. In 1904, English born Arthur Letts (1862-1923), founder of the Broadway Department Store, purchased 60 acres in the Los Feliz area, built his residence Holmby House, and began transforming the landscape. His collection of trees, plants, shrubs, and succulents was unrivaled, and his formal garden with deodor-lined roads, fountains, statuary, terraces, and sweeping lawns made it one of the most beautiful in Los Angeles. In addition to the Letts estate, Peschelt created a residential garden plan for Isaac Millbank of Santa Monica, and an elaborate cemetery plan for Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of five renderings in total, including three of the Letts residence. In addition to the Letts estate, Peschelt created a residential garden plan for Isaac Millbank of Santa Monica, and an elaborate cemetery plan for Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Peschelt, William A.

Subjects

Landscape Architects –- California.
Landscape Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles.
Landscape Architecture -- Designs and plans.

Genre

Architectural drawings.


Series Description

Folder 1

I. PROJECT PLANS AND DRAWINGS, 1905-1912

Physical Description: 1 flat folder
 

Original Map for Sunken Garden at Holmby Park [home of Arthur Letts], c. 1905.

 

Original Contour Map for Holmby Residence of Arthur Letts, Esq., c. 1905-1907

 

"Holmby," Arthur Letts Home, ca. 1908.

 

Inglewood Park Cemetery, 1912.

 

Plot plan for house and drive for I. Millbank at Palisades, Santa Monica, 1911.