Early B&W Pictures: The Stone House Interior Construction The Builder Early Family Garden Pictures Early Slides: Background Spring in the Garden Other Seasons Propagation Specimens The Stone House Introduction

Bob the Builder


Bob is beginning another wall. He used a sledge hammer to split the rounded rocks so they would have sharp faces.

In the 1930s, Bob redesigned and supervised construction of several important gardens, including those of Thomas Edison and Mr. Tomlinson, president of National Biscuit Company. Mr. Tomlison introduced Bob to a type of masonry construction that was faced with stones and backed by wooden forms that were then filled with concrete. This is the technique he used to create his house of stone.

Bob takes Nancy along on a rock hunting expedition. The garden lay on the terminus of the glaciers from the last ice age, so an ample supply of raw material for the house had been delivered to the site 15,000 years before.