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Peschelt (William A.) Collection
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  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: William A. Peschelt Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: archPeschelt
    Physical Description: 1 unit (1 flat folder)
    Date (inclusive): c. 1905-1912
    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.

    Access

    RESTRICTED: Items are fragile and oversized; available with curatorial approval.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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