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 The Stone House in the First Anderson Garden
One of Bob's first jobs as a landscape architect was to redesign the gardens of Mr. Tomlinson, president of Nabisco. Mr. Tomlinson introduced Bob to a construction technique using concrete poured into forms behind a facing of large stones.
Before building the family dreamhouse, Bob experimented with the technique on a one-room cottage.
This house 50 years later can be seen in the photo from space. It is to the right of the main house in the lower center of the picture, and in this picture during construction in 1941.
After World War II, he began construction of the main house. The two-storey central section came first, followed by the garage and breezeway, an air funnel for summer cooling. (Years later, he incorporated this device in his design of the Enumclaw house.) Next he built the living/diningroom wing (left), and finally, a bedroom wing (foreground.)
Bob's design was influenced by both European and early American stone houses. One of them, the Sayre house across the lake, was built in the early 1700s.
The courtyard rather than front lawn was another idea Bob picked up on his tour of European estates and gardens.
All of the rocks were found on site and placed by hand. (See more construction detail in the B&W pictures.)